easy child came home from school and I was trying to get him settled to start his homework when difficult child comes running up the stairs and asks easy child if he wants to play with him "right when you finish your homework." easy child says say. I step in because I was sitting in the room and I say to easy child that what he is saying is that the minute that he finishes his work difficult child will expect him down to play. Is that what you mean? easy child looks at me like I'm crazy and says, "No. I mean later. After that." difficult child starts to get angry because that is not what he wants. "This is why I hate when he does this! He says he'll play with me, but then he never does!" So, I suggested that they set a time to play together. Provided that easy child is done with his homework at that time, easy child has to stop what he is doing and play with difficult child. I asked easy child if that would work for him. He said yes. I asked difficult child if he would be willing to wait for easy child to finish his work and have a little quiet time before he plays with him. He said yes. I think I may have just killed two birds with one stone: difficult child knows that easy child will play with him and when, and difficult child isn't coming into the kitchen a hundred times asking, "Isn't easy child done with his homework yet? What is taking him so long?"