As the first day of school approaches (5 more days!! ) difficult child's tantrums are escalating. I know it's largely because she's nervous, but that doesn't make it any easier for me and easy child's 1 and 2. Yesterday I had to take easy child 1 to the orthodontist and I ended up crying the second half of the drive. As I was crying, she kept saying I was annoying and I needed to be quiet. Never mind the fact that her behavior was the reason I was crying. She kept screaming at me and her sisters, kept unbuckling her seatbelt (I finally told her if she did it I'd call the police--which made the 4 y.o. cry, because she thought they'd take difficult child away) was throwing things...all kinds of things that make driving hazardous. When we both had calmed down, I told her I understood she's nervous about school starting next week, but that did not make it okay for her to act like that nor speak to me like that. She said she couldn't help it; she's a bad kid. That broke my heart. I've always tried to stress that she's not bad, she just makes bad decisions. So, I told her again she's not bad, she just was making bad choices. I'm so ready for school to start.