I'm so frustrated today! When easy child/difficult child plays outside he often takes off without telling me where he's going. I have told him more than once not to do that and that he needs to either stay where I can see him OR specifically tell me where he'll be. No matter how many times I tell him this he doesn't do either. He takes off and I wind up having to go calling and looking for him. So today, before he went to ride bikes with the girl down the street I reminded him of the rules and told him he will either follow them or he will come inside immediately and be grounded to his room for the remainder of the day. At first they stayed by the house and all was well. I decided to take a quick swim and while I was doing that I looked up and saw only the girl riding her bike. easy child/difficult child was nowhere in sight even though his bike was out front. My husband searched the house and I got out of the pool and we both called his name. Apparently he was playing alone at the girls house while she was up by our house riding bikes. No way is that ok. She went and told him we were looking for him and he came running home acting like he did nothing wrong. I screamed at him outside and sent him in. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a lunatic but oh f'ing well. And to top it all off, the girl tried to be nice and bring his helmet back bc he left it there. As she was doing so she dropped it and backed over it by mistake and broke it. She also got her fingers caught in her spokes while trying to pick it up and may now have a broken finger. Ugggggh! So easy child/difficult child is in bed, his friend got hurt, our neighbors think we're freaks and husband and I are aggravated beyond all belief! What a horrible afternoon!