difficult child was having a bad day yesterday. New math concepts always seem to set him off. We worked at it for two hours (with all kinds of breaks, encouragement, etc.) and he finally calmed down and seemed to get the concept. I sat through wailing, crying, screaming ... all levels of frustration, obstinence and inflexibility ... without once getting angry, yelling or punishing. Instead of having an emotional response to his, I would think "hmmm, there has to be another a different way to approach this". At one point I had him do a couple push-ups to "squeeze" out the answer (not as punishment, trying to be creative). I wish I could bottle this!!