I should know better than to ever relax even for a second and so should husband. I got home early today. easy child/difficult child and I were sitting in the living room getting along fine. husband got home with difficult child. He was so excited he wanted to show her his self portrait (which, by the way, is really good-I may post about it later). Right away she said no. He pulled it out anyways and she ignored it (at least she didn't make any comments). husband says he is going to take a short rest before dinner (don't blame him as neither of us slept well). Both kids were unhappy that we are having mashed potatoes with our meatloaf so husband said they could have mac and cheese (fine with me). He goes up to lay down. difficult child states that he is going to make the mac and cheese. I say not now because dinner won't be ready yet and no one is going to want to help him (he really would end up needing help). easy child/difficult child starts complaining and saying not to make it yet (wish she could just be quiet). Then she goes and takes it out of the cupboard so that difficult child can't make it. Now he is escalating (verbalizing, nothing else but bad enough). He walked to go upstairs and accidentally touched her jacket (could have been on purpose but I don't think so because he is actually afraid of her). She shoves him so he actually hit back (which he usually won't do with her) and she shoved him harder. Then he got really angry and tried to get the vacuum cleaner to throw at her. I had to step in between them (all along easy child/difficult child is continuing to antagonize him). I had to yell for husband to come down. Needless to say he was not happy at all. He was able to talk down difficult child and get him to go upstairs with him. Both kids will have a consequence later. I'm actually much more angry with easy child/difficult child. She's 18 and should know better. She know strategies to use, but can't control herself well when she gets angry especially with him. We keep telling her one of these days she is going to end up in a heap of trouble because something will happen and the police will be called. Screaming children I can do with-out tonight! Just another fun night at the wiped house-grrrrr!