easy child spilled her guts last night and ratted out difficult child 2 for a stunt he pulled while we were away this weekend. I got home Sunday night and noticed that the rubber on the front of his tennis shoes was worn away. I asked difficult child 2 what happened and he said he was riding his bike down the hill and used his feet to stop himself. Okay. Don't do that anymore, and by the way, you're going to pay for your next pair of shoes. On Monday night we learned that the TRUTH of what happened was a bit more interesting. He was actually lying on his belly on his skateboard, face first (assures me he had his helmet on), going down our hill IN THE STREET and decided to see if he could go under a PARKED TRUCK!!!! And was using his toes to slow himself because he knew he'd hurt his hands if he used them... So ONE: I'm ****** that he lied. TWO: I'm horrified he rode the board the way he did, where he did it, and the whole under-the-truck part. So I give him my lecture on all the reasons why it's so unsafe to do all the things he did. He didn't want to hear this, he just wanted to cut to the chase and find out what his punishment would be. And he kept trying to change the subject and find out HOW I found out. I stuck to my speech and made him hear me out to the end. He did not seem terribly concerned with the possible consequences for his poor choices -- just very mildly surprised that he could have been hit by another car, collided head first into something and broke his neck, been burned by the hot undercarriage of the truck, etc., etc. Then husband informs me that Sunday night he caught difficult child 2 with a magnifying glass on the flourescent spot lightbulb in his room and he was looking directly into the lense! He said he just wanted to look at the honeycomb pattern on the bulb (husband thought it was a halogen, but I checked and it's flourescent, so not as bad with respect to brightness -- but STILL not a smart thing to be doing). And lately, he's been just taking off for a neighbor's house without permission or even telling me he's leaving the property (and he knows this is against our family rules). So I am a little wound up about his behavior here lately and beginning to wonder what's up with it. Is this just difficult child-ness? Is it typical almost-12-year-old boy behavior (I don't really remember difficult child 1 doing this so much)? Is it hypomania? I throw in the hypomania question because the psychiatrist insisted I try a very low dose of the Daytrana patch last week -- he said to give him about 10mg (cut a 20mg patch in half), but in truth, he's probably only getting about 5mg because it's the leftover snippet from difficult child 1's 30mg patch that I shave down to about 25mg (because 30mg seemed a little strong for him). And he hasn't done stuff like this at home since starting the Seroquel. He was being more impulsive at school in the afternoons, and I'd asked to up the afternoon Seroquel XR dose, but psychiatrist wanted to try this first. So what's your vote?