to receive the first phone call of the year from school. Yesterday was his first day and by 10:15 I had the first call from school. difficult child was being uncooperative and refusing to show his schedule. The counselor (who is new to difficult child) thought my talking to him might help (I told her it might and it might not). I talked to difficult child and he seemed very calm. I asked if he was ready to start making better choices. He replied that he was. Then I asked what was bothering him and he replied nothing. In the middle of this difficult child's case manager (who knows difficult child really well) came on the phone. From the sounds of it she didn't make it sound like a big deal. Said he actually handled things pretty well. Guess that first phone call is out of the way. On a positive note his case manager called me the day before school started to see how his summer was and to ask if we had any concerns. I love this case manager!