So I talked to the principal about difficult child and his overnight field trip. Really had a good conversation. He said that for difficult child his ability to go on the field trip would be based on his behavior, not so much his missing assignments. difficult child has been put on a behavior contract as his behavior that has been good for so long has been slipping a little bit. He has had 2 pushing matches in the last week and a half. I just got a call from the principal and apparently difficult child hit a kid over the head with his books this morning. Nice, a new weapon. He has lost part of his Asia assembly this Friday, he will miss the kick off assembly and go to the second part of it. Not sure what this is, but sounds like a good consequence. Principal did say he thought the other kid said something to difficult child and then I said it does not matter. Unless you are protecting yourself because someone is going to do you physical harm, you keep your hands off of them. If someone says something rude to me at the grocery store and I wack them over the head with a book I will get arrested. Period end of story. Now I am wondering about the recent medication change we did. We increased his Lamictal to 250mg as he seemed hypomanic, and now I am wondering if the Daytrana should go up to match it? He is not hypomanic now (or waas not when he left the house this morning) but he has definately been more impulsive, obnoxious lately. I have e-mailed his teacher to see how he has been in the classroom lately, as I hate to change medications without all the facts. I know that for many kiddos with BiPolar (BP) the stimulant can make things worse, but for difficult child if he does not have the stimulant then he is unbearable, but the stimulant and the ms have to be at the right balance and I do not know if we messed that up by changing one and not the other. I also know that we had a rough morning at home today, and wonder if that did not set him up for a bad day at school? I am not blaming myself here, I am only human and cannot make everything right, I am just looking for patterns.