Last night my difficult child stayed overnight at a friend's house. The mom, who, in addition to difficult child's friend, also has an autistic son (pretty severe), said she'd bring home difficult child in the a.m. At 1 p.m., they were going to pick him up for a party in a nearby city, to carpool. I agreed to take them both home at 3 p.m. But by 11 a.m. I hadn't heard anything, so drove over there to give difficult child his medication. He had a bag of sour cream and onion chips in one hand and a Sprite in the other. There were 3 open bags of cheddar Goldfish on the kitchen table. Dad was outside pulling weeds, and Mom was upstairs somewhere. difficult child was hopping from one foot to the other, sliding across the floor in his stocking feet, hitting me, yelling (iow, a simple "yes" was a loud "YEAH!") and generally out of control. His friend, who is very quiet, just put up with-it and did not openly engage with-my difficult child, but wanted him to stay at the house until they were taken to the birthday party. He stayed about 3 ft away from my difficult child the whole time. (Smart kid! He has apparently learned this by having an autistic brother.) I told difficult child that if he didn't eat any of that junk on the table or at the birthday party, he wouldn't need the pill. He started to argue, of course, so I dropped it. It was clearly too late. Now, they're at the birthday party, being tempted by cake and ice cream. At least he took the pill with-no argument, and I know it will keep his antics to a reasonable level for the remainder of the day. What do you all do when your kids stay at other people's houses? Even when I tell parents which foods are off-limits, difficult child eats the other kids' food, and this a.m., he walked right up the fridge and helped himself to their stuff. NOT acceptable! But I can't chain him to my house. I just hope this all wears off by tomorrow a.m. When my difficult child goes to a birthday party, I stuff him full of "good" food so he has no desire to eat when he gets there. But today I didn't have a choice. Sigh.