MAN O MAN have we been in for it today. It all started when I asked our difficult child to sweep the bathroom and kitchen floors so I could mop (this is normally not an issue, but for some reason today, she didn't want to do it) and she got upset that I was standing in the kitchen, so she jammed the broom into my foot, and I very nicely told her that THAT was not necessary and that she should have politely asked me to move if I was in her way. This made her even madder, so she tossed the broom at me, and started to run up to her room, screaming and cursing the whole way there. My husband, thankfully, stepped in and tried to fix the situation, and she got him so ANGRY, and he sent her outside to do grounds work for the rest of the day. At this point, it is pretty hot out, so I take a glass of ice water out to the garage for her and set it on the table so she would at least have something to drink. BIG MISTAKE, she very rudely proclaimed that she did not WANT a glass of water, and tried to throw the entire glass of ICE WATER on me. Luckily, I stepped out of the way JUST IN TIME to AVOID being SOAKED. At some point while she was outside, I went upstairs to check the condition of the girls' bedrooms and see if the floors needed attention, and I found that she had stolen her dad's laser pointer (he plays with the dogs with it, no big deal, but she still should not have taken it without asking) and when I ask her about it, she gets VERY MAD and starts throwing things and cursing at me some more. When we sent her out there to do this grounds work, she was told that she was NOT to come back into the house until she "made nice" with my husband and I. I went out to check on her, and she RUDELY informed me that she had to use the bathroom. I asked her if she was ready to be nice yet, and she started screaming at me again and got in my face and tried to tell me she was going to go into the pool house and lock herself in the poolhouse bathroom and we would NEVER be able to get her to come out!!! I tried to calmly explain to her that for TWO reasons this would not work. Number one, the poolhouse is kept locked at all times, and I am the only one with a key, and Number two, we had the water shut off in the poolhouse becuse it isn't being used on a very regular basis and she could not use the toilet when there is no water supply to it. I felt bad about this, but I told her that she could stay outside, and when she decided she was ready to be nice, talk to me DECENTLY, then I would let her in to use the restroom. I said nothing else, and then I went back inside to get my housework done. While I was walking back towards the door, she was shrieking and screaming that she was going to squat on our patio and wet herself if I didn't let her come in, and at that poing, I wasn't sure if she would or not, but I was hoping she would come to her senses before it came to that. It only took about 20 minutes after that, and she was standing at the garage door knocking, waiting for us to come to the door (it was NOT locked, she could have easily came in the house on her own), and she was crying (but much calmer) telling me she was so sorry and that she decided she was ready to be nice and gave me a hug, then asked if she could go to the bathroom. Of course, I let her in then to use the restroom, still wondering how long the niceness would last after she got what she wanted, but believe it or not, she was VERY nice and VERY respectful for the rest of the day!!! I am a little nervous, even now that the whole thing is over with, that I might have been a bit too harsh to not allow her in to use the restroom, but like I said, the doors weren't locked, she COULD get in any time she wanted, and all she had to do was be nice and the whole thing would have been over with. I know it worked, and I made quite an impression on her, but do you think I was too harsh on her???