I don't know about anyone else, but I am SOOOOOO happy that "the most wonderful time of the year" is just about over! difficult child has been he!! on wheels this past week and school truly can not start soon enough! We had a complete tantrum on Christmas Eve at mother in law's house. He left and walked home (we live around the corner), and then called down to mother in law's house and told easy child that it was all easy child's fault that his Christmas got ruined and hung up on him. Then he called again, ranting about how we were starting to eat without him and I should not have let him leave mother in law's house. I should have "begged" him to stay and now he won't be able to have anything for dinner. I told him to have whatever he wanted if he chose to stay home. If he wanted to come back he could eat what we were having, as long as he cooled his jets and stopped his nonsense because no one wanted to deal with it. He calmed down, came back and was fine for the rest of the night. Christmas Day seemed to be going well enough, until he was playing with the Legos that easy child was playing with and making annoying noises that were bothing us all. easy child asked him nicely to stop and he refused. I asked him nicely and he said he didn't have to do anything that I said. I told him that it was important to respect the feeling of others and that if it were easy child making noises and he refused to stop he would be screaming and trying to beat the tar out of the kid. That set him off. No one respects his feelings, so why should he go out of his way to respect anyone elses? No one treat him nicely. No one cares about him. It just spiraled out of control from there and he took a swing at his father, who was really trying hard to keep his cool. husband took him down as gently as he could and held him there, all the while difficult child is screaming at husband to get off of his and calling him every name in the book, and husband told him that he would call the police and have his arrested on Christmas Day if he needed to. It took a few minutes, but he did cool off and was fine for the rest of the day. Five minutes after he calmed down the family started to arrive, so they missed the whole thing and were telling me how pleasant he was being. easy child is sick and has been since Christmas Eve night, so I have an appointment with the pediatrician later this morning.