It is just so hard sometimes! It is a constant litany of name calling, bad-mouthing, swearing... Really it seems like it's about nothing at all. For example right now difficult child is watching TV - the show about the overweight kids trying to get fit and he is saying the cruelest, ugliest things! He was even CALLING MR. CLEAN rude names on the commercial!! He is very irrational and if I come close to commenting, which, half the time I just can't stop myself from doing, it just gets worse. When will I learn. But, how do you respond to the mouth? Ignore it? Punish? I'm re-reading Ross Greene for the umpteenth time and I know he says it's just verbal garbage (he does say that doesn't he?) but GEEZ!!! It's awfully difficult doing anything remotely nice for him when he's in this space but dancing around him is the only way to keep him from melting-down. Sorry for the vent... By the way, we have gotten him to two therapist appointments even if today his father spent 35 minutes trapped in the elevator with him...I owe him big time!