Yesterday afternoon was strange. difficult child was "unsettled". He tried to pull me into an issue we faced a few months ago. He wanted me to apologize for something that he misunderstood (or purposely took the wrong way?). Since I am starting to figure out this parenting of a difficult child, I soon realized that what he was babbling about was not the issue. He was just "unsettled". I finally said, "What in the world is wrong with you? This is not like you. I want you to stop this right now. Go to your room and journal about what is going on." "I can't journal about it or you will know where I am." "What?" "I am going to run away." "That is ridiculous. You can not find a place to live and take care of yourself. Besides, this is a ridiculous reason to run away. You will stay home." He than felt he could no longer keep this up and broke down a little in an apologetic hug. I had him sit by me and watch a movie. Sometimes I will give him a nutricious snack, sometimes I tell him to go to his room and lay on his bed watching a show (hoping he will fall into a nap), most times I ask him to drink his gaterade or chocolate milk, sometimes I ask him to ride bike in the cul de sac, sometimes I ask him to take puppy outside. So, I am in search of ideas of what to do when a difficult child is "unsettled" which sometimes means an episode is approaching. Also, what do you do after the episode is over to get focus back on everyday life?