Don't you just love hearing those words out of your difficult child? Of course, kt had to blurt out the good first - 99 points at school & mother's day plant. Then the bad news - Mom, I'm really trying to stay out of court. Okay, what now? Well, kt has missed 21 days of school now (all but 3 on RTCs watch). Because of that she is considered truant - court is next. kt negotiated a contract with school/day treatment. First she confessed that Residential Treatment Center (RTC) staff were pushovers & that she made herself throw up to stay home from school. Then she signed a contract that states she will be in bed & asleep at 9 p.m. & attend school for the remainder of the year. husband & I are responsible to get kt in bed, up in the morning & call if kt refuses school. I have a copy of the contract; will be forwarding it to mental health case manager as well. Happy Mother's Day!