I am constantly overwhelmed at how hard it is to be a parent. I have never worked so hard at anything and still continued to struggle ( I guess we all now know what it is like to have a learning disability ) Both of my kids are challenging so I really don't know what it is like to parent a typical kid. For those of you who have "real" easy child's....is it still really that hard???? How is it that is seems easy for many..or that it seems so easy to assist them with their troubles... Also, I just don't understand the can't/won't mentality. My older child gets so locked into his idea that he won't budge. If I push it, it can turn into anger. Asking him to read (he's always been above grade level, however recently grades are going down)or even brush his teeth can often turn into a major power struggle. His current doctor says to be understanding.... ..give me a break !!!! He should just do what is asked of him.. difficult child can be running around having a great time and when I call him to come in he falls apart...just two minutes ago he was having fun.. My older child is usually sooo good at school...people think I am crazy when I mention how challenging he can be at home. All he wants to do in school is please and say the right things..he comes home and he is a different child. Of course, there are many examples of wonderful things that he does, it's just sometimes things are so hectic. Thanks for letting me vent... I would be so embarressed if others actually saw all that went on in my home.