Summer school has been much easier for difficult child. Today is the first day in 3 weeks that he cried when I dropped him off. No one had to hold him so I could leave, but he still cried, big, fat, real crocodile tears. *** When I asked him why he was upset today, he said because Miss D was there (the one teacher he doesn't like at private school - she is about the equivilant of a military drill instructor) and he's a bad boy. I asked him is Miss D told him that. He said no, but he knows he is a bad boys because she yells at him and puts him in time out all the time because he does bad things and he's a bad boy. *** Part of the time, I think his "bad boy" behaviors are things the other teachers let slide - for instance, sometimes he lays down for story time instead of sitting "criss cross apple sauce". I know she is much more strict than the other teachers, and this has always been her way, not just with difficult child. *** in my humble opinion, difficult child has enough to deal with without the extra issues of self esteem brought on my this sort of thinking. On the same note, this is just what Miss D thinks difficult child needs in order to change...its worked for all her other kids. This is the only issue we have with him at this school. In a year, he has only had one real meltdown (and it was a doozy, but still). All the other teachers (4 or 5) let things like lying down for story time slide except Miss D. *** Does Miss D need to lighten up, or does difficult child need to comply? And if I need to talk to Miss D about lightening up, how in the heck do you approach a 60 year old school marm about changing her ways?