Hi! I'm new here and so relieved to find other people who deal with-some of the same challenges -- people who will not blame me for bad parenting. If they only saw easy child, I'd be nominated for Mother of the Year, but when they hear about difficult child, they assume I'm the problem. Can you tell I need some empathy?! My friends' kids are planning Mother's Day celebrations and my difficult child is screaming "I hate you! I want you out of my life forever!" I'm sad and angry and mostly exhausted from dealing with-difficult child. I don't want breakfast in bed, just a break from the meanness. The last few weeks have been horrendous as difficult child has been going thru withdrawal from video games. (If you don't believe they're addictive, talk to me! It's scary. But that's another post....) I can't remember the last time I didn't start the day in tears. So I'm hoping to take a quiet solo walk by the bay and escape from the nightmare before I lose it altogether. But one of my "projects" this Mother's Day is to reach out to moms who are doing a great job and let them know how awesome they are. They include a mom with a difficult child who is now rocking in high school, a mom who is in grad school at age 60 (now that the kids are grown), and a stepmom who rescued her kids from a truly awful life. And my good wishes include you warrior moms. After a couple weeks of lurking, I've seen what you're dealing with. I admire your strength and your compassion. Please accept my hugs ((())) along with prayers for a peaceful day.