I just got back from a field trip with difficult child 2. I have to go, now, or he can't go, because of staff shortages at school and their inability to handle him. While I agree the school needs to deal with the problem, reality is, they can't, and they're being honest and up front about it, so we're dealing with it as best we can. *** We got back on Sunday from vacation. The best day I had on vacation (and I had a truly wonderful time) was on Saturday, when some friends who came late wanted to go canoing, but only had 3 people and needed a 4th, so I went along. We had a BLAST. I was away from difficult child. *** Today on the field trip, difficult child wasn't terrible, but required redirection every 3-5 minutes, at best. And I caught myself watching the clock, waiting to get back to work. I didn't enjoy that time with difficult child at all, and largely, that's getting to be the norm. Evenings are the same way - I exist and survive them and that's about it. *** Time to get a break and get back in the game. This isn't doing ANYONE any good.