The list in the archives that gives ideas for responses to difficult child's in certain situations is very helpful. What are ideas for appropriate responses to well-meaning people who ask about your difficult child's, when they haven't seen you for a while or otherwise just have no idea what's going on with them? Even the "conversation starters" with strangers are deadly: "How many children do you have? Oh, two? How old are they?" Then...inevitably the list below begins, in a case like this, ending with #1. I deal with this all the time, especially in my profession, and haven't figured out any good responses. Examples... "How is (difficult child) liking high school?" or "Which high school is she going to?" (uhhh. dropped out). "Where is she living now?" (uh, not sure). "Well, is she working?" (nope). "What does her husband do?" (dunno--no job last I knew) "Going to college?" (doubt it), or, the assuming, "Where is she planning to go to college?" The conversation can start most any of these places, depending on how much the person knows about the situation. The most frequent one I deal with is #1. I wish I could figure out a graceful exit--for them and me both. These are not the people who are bragging on their own children or being in any way obnoxious. They are just trying to make conversation or are genuinely interested from having known her as a child, and I don't know what to say. To make it worse, these encounters often happen in group situations--PTA meetings, Open House, etc. As an introvert, making conversation isn't my specialty anyway, so there may be some obvious, light responses I'm just not seeing. Help?