If not for difficult child, my PCs would be difficult children. Does that make any sense at all? easy child's high mischief, dyslexia, sensory integration issues and general craziness. Tyrantina and Tyrannosaur, the Terror Twins. I would difficult child-ify the lot of them, if difficult child hadn't already broken me in. In a strange way, I'm thankful. All of the Really Bad Times (tm) with difficult child have made me much more resilient, much more able to go with the flow, so the stuff that the younger ones throw my way just rolls off me like water off the proverbial duck's back. Incredible! Even difficult child's difficult child-ness seems less difficult child-ish lately. Partly because he's slooooowwwwwlllly growing up, but also because I've become much better at dealing with his koi. Weird. Good, but weird.