My difficult child doens't talk to me. He doesn't talk to his dad or his therapist. I have no idea what goes through the kids head. All I know is that he's in a lot of trouble right now (shoplifting and lying) and no electronics to keep him busy. When he went out to mow the lawn this afternoon I noticed a green folder on his bedroom floor so I opened it up and it's page, after page, after page of amazing writing, drawings, poems, bubble charts even like you'd see in preparation for a research paper! DANG this kid is intelligent. I wish he'd use all these creative juices in a positive way. Would you mind helping me decipher what some of this stuff is/means??? At least your thoughts? There was a lot of dark, sad stuff. The bubble chart has him in a bubble in the middle, it says "ME" with arrows out to MANY other bubbles with arrows and bubbles going from those and so on. (I hope you can picture what I'm talking about here) One of them in particular concerns me.... It's "Thoughts of dying or getting revenge". He's blaming it on the devil. Like this: ME------->Devil ----------> Thoughts of dying or getting revenge ME -------------> Devil ------------> Stealing Me ----------> Devil ------------> Lying etc etc Then I have page after page of colorful illustrations of a devil and a character that I can only assume is him. The Devil controlling him with a remote control, the Devil beating him with a hammer etc. There's also several drawings with him and Mario (think Nintendo) as if he's a character in a game and none of this is real. On other pages in the folder there is some good stuff that he's picked up from the therapist. HE'S LISTENING!!! I am soooooo glad to see the money is going somewhere! lol One of the things they've been working on is: Stop, Drop, Control. Something to tell himself when he feels a burst of rage coming. He made a really nice poster out of it with colors and fancy letters and all. Then the next page is HUGE bold colorful letters: I AM A FREAK _______________ I have such mixed emotions after seeing all of this. First of all, I don't dare let him know that I saw them. I mean, I feel like I have a way to hear his voice and/or see what's inside his head. I want him to continue to get it out on paper. If I tell/show him that I saw these things he'll surely stop. Obviously it's stuff I want to take and show his Therapist though. (Is that wrong of me??) So I ran to the copy machine and copied them. What would you do?