Parenting my difficult child leaves me little energy, patience or, tolerance for other living beings. I know this. I try to warn people that just don't get it...but so many of them don't understand....especially when the glimpses they see of difficult child appear normal to them. I had a house guest this week...luckily there was only one day of overlap between when my friend was here and when my kids were...still after she returned home I did not have the reserve in my tank required to deal with my son. This friend of mine has been trying to live in one state and work in another (several states away) for over a year now. She maintains a home where she "lives" and stays with friends where she works. She rotates friends so as to not impose on just one but still the situation is getting a bit ridiculous I think. She keeps totally different hours from me and my pets are upset by her routine when she is here so my sleep was disturbed the entire week. By the time difficult child and his sister got here on Friday I was tired and frazzled...not good. He is not having a good weekend and my nerves are completely shot by now. I am going to have to tell her that she cannot stay here in August as she is planning to do. All my patience and energy has got to be spared to deal with my son.