husband got a double dose of difficult child's today when he decided to take the boys out to see the 2:45pm showing of the new doomsday movie "2012." Came home in a bit of an agitated state. I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing. He'd asked difficult child 1 if he still had his movie gift certificates. difficult child 1 confirmed that he had THREE. husband wasn't too happy about the theater they had to drive to in order to use the tickets, but the free movie for all of them would make up for the gas to get there. Turns out, when they got there difficult child 1 only had ONE gift certificate with him (Lesson Number ONE: Never accept difficult child 1's word at face value. ALWAYS doublecheck and get a visual confirmation). THEN he found out that difficult child 1's particular gift certificate was not good on the first weeked of a movie's release (it came out on Friday -- which brings me to Lesson Number TWO: Always verify a coupon's/certificate's validity before leaving home). His voice is a few decibles louder in his retelling of it by now. So he opts to shell out the money anyway (I didn't risk pointing out that he CHOSE to do that, and could have chosen OTHERWISE, i.e. Lesson Number THREE: You always have a choice. Besides, I like my head where it sits on my shoulders). During the movie, difficult child 1 could not bear to sit next to difficult child 2 who was a little wound up, as he has been most of today for whatever reason, and was bouncing around in his seat too much. So there was some conflict and agitation going on. Lesson Number FOUR: Always place an adult between difficult child's whenever possible. The seats were uncomfortable for husband, whose back has been bothering him for some time now. That probably didn't help his frame of mind. After the show, difficult child 2 started with the "I want to's": I want to go to GameStop, I want to go to Jack-in-the-Box, I want to... He was probably hungry since he only ate a bagel for lunch and the movie was 2 hours and 38 minutes long. And he was probably overstimulated since it was a very action-packed in-your-face kind of movie. Lesson Number FIVE: Always ensure difficult child's are adequately fed before embarking on an adventure, and ALWAYS set expectations ahead of time. It avoids squirrelly behavior and arguments at the end of the day. So yeah, I quietly chuckled with my back to husband as he ranted for about 20 minutes after they got home. Then I fed everyone dinner and now the house is relatively quiet!