We have difficult child's IEP today and I am dreading it. Last year's IEP was a breeze because difficult child had good attendance and good grades. This year, since her best friend transferred schools, her attendance is bad and her grades aren't the greatest. I just received a letter in the mail stating that due to difficult child's poor attendance if she doesn't improve we will be required to attend a meeting at our local police station. Yikes! Although perhaps the meeting will be what difficult child needs, I am still dreading it. My mom came by her school last week to drop off her Prilosec to the nurse so she can start taking it at school before lunch. The assistant principal, who I have never had the "pleasure" of meeting, recognized my mom and pulled her aside to talk to her. He told her in no uncertain terms that he completely blames me for difficult child's lack of attendance. My mom explained to him that I have to be to work by 7:30 in the morning and by the time I leave it's up to difficult child to get herself ready and on the bus. He told my mom that it's no excuse. He said if I really wanted to I would find a way to make sure difficult child goes to school everyday. Apparently this guy has absolutely no experience with difficult child teenagers. I don't know if this guy will be at today's IEP but I sure hope not. For sure the regular principal will be there plus difficult child's case carrier. I hope the assistant principal will be absent, but if he's not I will have a few choice words for him. Either way I am dreading this meeting and really need some good vibes sent my way.