difficult child has an upcoming birthday so we're in the early planning stages. We agreed upon his gift and wrote it down together so there will be no surprises in that department. The real issue at hand now is that difficult child wants an overnight and this is the age that we start those around our house. difficult child has two great buddies so it's a given that they would be the ones invited. The problem is that he can't handle more than about 3 hours of togetherness with them at his house. He goes into overload, gets testy and often blows. I talked to difficult child about this and he did acknowledge it as a possible problem (that's progress!). Then I asked him for some possible solutions and he thought that he would just go ahead and sleep in his room, one should sleep in the living room, and one in the basement. Um... I think we still have a ways to go on this. If there was something good coming out in the theater I'd have them come late and take them to the movie . Anyone else come up with ways to give the difficult child birthday kid a break at their own party?