Many of you have stated how your difficult children are good with little kids. So, I need to share this weekend's story: Our neighbors had their 2 yr old grandson for the weekend. We met him yesterday morning. It was decided that he could play in the other neighbor's sandbox in the afternoon if/when the sand dried from the rains we have been getting. (2 yr old even asked the other neighbor for permission). Before lunch, difficult child (11 yrs old) played in the yard with L (2 yr old). He even gave L a stroller ride. After lunch and close to the time he knew L would be available to play again, difficult child climbed on the van. When asked what he was doing, he stated he was waiting for L to come outside. So, I gave difficult child an activity book to work on while he waited. Soon L came out so difficult child went over to play with him. The neighbors are so impressed in how well difficult child took care of L. They asked how difficult child got to be so good with little kids. He replied he got it from easy child (because she also is excellent with little kids though she has never ever role modeled those skills to difficult child). I watched from a distance as he helped L do whatever he wanted and helped him on the swing. He also pushed the swing at just the right speed for a two year old. Neighbor told me today that L blessed our puppy and difficult child in his prayers last night and all he talked about last night was, "Boy, Bella (our puppy), and sandbox". So difficult child's new name is "Boy". I watched from a distance when difficult child picked up L to carry him to the nearest neighborhood dog so L could pet it. (whenever L saw one of our dogs, he would ask to pet it so difficult child would carry him to the dog) Later difficult child told me how it was sweet that L laid his head on difficult child's shoulder he also likes that whenever L sees him he gets a hug. It feels good to be a role model to a 2 yr old! I am thinking about getting him into a babysitting class this summer - He is not ready to babysit on his own but it wouldn't hurt for him to learn the things this class will cover.