This is said all in exasperated tones....partly laughing...difficult child is such an @$$ at times. The child called out sick three times in her past pay period so when she received her check it wasn't nearly as much as she'd thought it would be. I told H that he was not, under any circumstances, to cash her check. She MUST deposit it into her account and wait for it to clear. She can set herself up for direct deposit, but has been too lazy to do so. Her problem. The other night I went on line to check my account and noticed her checking was overdrawn. She keeps withdrawing money from her checking but the little tard put the money into her savings. The bank has automatic check protection so they keep moving money from her savings into her checking to cover difficult child's withdrawals, so difficult child thinks she has all this money in there because it keeps coming out (well, now she has no money left so that ends). I called her and said, "Sweetie, you only have $120 until next pay period - make it last. Stop taking out money you don't need and wasting it. This is your first and final warning - I will not be giving you money for gas if you waste all yours running to boyfriend's house and out for coffees at Starbucks." "Okay mom, thanks". Well, the other day, difficult child and her friend breeze into my office at work and she shows me a brand spanking new tattoo on the lefthand side of her pelvis. It's a dove with a banner that says, "MOM" in it. Sweet, a nice gesture, but SHE HAS NO MONEY!!!! Of course, she was peaved that I reminded her she has no money now until NEXT Friday, the 21st and wasn't more excited about the new tat. <Mom slaps head and closes eyes in exasperation> On the upside, she has been going to work faithfully (well, except for those 3 sick days) and Monkeyboy has been showing his scrubby face around more and actually eating dinner with us, which I realize is so boring since it's just us, and really, what new news do we really have to talk about? Just a little exasperating vent about how stupid difficult child can be.