difficult child has decided that she is OK with it if I have a friend. Yes - that's "FRIEND" singular. She announced this to me the other day...as though it's an issue that's been on her mind. And so, she just wanted to let me know that if I have a friend, it will be OK with her. On the one hand - this is really sort of funny....as though I have been patiently waiting all my life to get difficult child's approval to have a social life. Oh yay!!! I finally get to try and make a friend! YAY!!! But on the other hand - how strange? Is it odd that a nearly-seventeen-year-old cannot conceive of her mother having friends and interests outside of the family? It's not like I've been a hermit hiding in the house all along... Does your difficult child have a problem with your friendships?