When I came home from work today, I tried making a better effort at keeping things calm with difficult child. There were a couple times when I caught myself getting annoyed with, what I affectionately call, his "Spanish Inquisition", aka, fixating on a topic and asking me dozens of questions about it. We went to the grocery store and it was surprisingly manageable. At one point he started doing his "squealing" noises and I turned and said, "honey, that's not how to behave in public, please stop", and he replied "oh, sorry" and didn't keep doing it to my amazement. At another point, he started mouthing because I was getting myself some sausage/egg biscuits and explaining to him that I didn't have time to make breakfast for myself in the morning (his dad makes b-fast for him and gets him off to school because I have to leave at 6:30 am). This wasn't good enough for him and I could see him starting to get angry. I calmly told him that if I had to buy him convenience food like this I wouldn't be buying him the game he wants and he immediately shifted gears and stopped the arguing. There have been times I've come out of stores wanting to hang myself from the tallest tree because of his behavior, so I'm amazed to actually go grocery shopping with limited incident. Can't say the same for difficult child and husband. They had it out in the car. We'll see how bed time goes tonight...wish me luck.