I am wondering... how do you deal with your difficult child's outbursts? Obviously this will vary according to age (theirs, if not yours ) but still... Sometimes I just get impatient with J's difficultness, sometimes I am more patient and understanding. Everything he says is so intense and dramatic at these moments; at times it wears me down and I think "Oh, for goodness' sake!" (polite version) Tonight before bed (yes, yes, I know, tiredness playing its part), he was protesting about everything - brushing his teeth, having a bath, me saying no to a computer game (I have started letting him play a simple game on the computer, which is probably fatal), you name it - and I was just telling him "Oh come on, J, stop making this ridiculous fuss!" Then when he saw me getting cross, he would start crying and say "So-o-reee, Mummy!" and I would feel like a heel... But really, this endless drama does just get to you at times. How patient are you in dealing with this kind of stuff?