I go out of town for a few days this week, get the kids up for school on 4 hours of sleep since I get in late since I'm back in town today. difficult child won't get up for school. We have a three alarm system (Mom gives three warnings; the first two are very nice, the last involves pulling all the blankets off the bed and singing the good morning song very happy and loud). husband asks me why I'm not more "soothing" to difficult child when I wake him up - in fact, I should be more soothing all the time; after all, he didn't have a bit of a problem when I was out of town . . . we won't discuss the fact that difficult child went back to bed after he left for work and Grandma had to get difficult child to school without us there (and all the calls I routinely get when I'm traveling about difficult child's behavior from husband). This would be funny if husband didn't forget the reason I'm so picky with difficult child being on time in the morning is because it prevents a major meltdown with Grandma! Of course, morning meltdowns set the tone for the balance of the day. I just can't wait for the next family counseling session . . . I always end up as the bad guy in these things because it's MOM that requires a path to be kept open in difficult child's room in case of fire!