How do you deal with the feeling that your difficult child is trying to the life force out of you? I love my son dearly (though I don't always like him lol). But one of his issues involved anxiety and fears of being alone. It was one thing when he was 6 and 7 but he's almost 9 now. I can't leave the room sometimes for goodness sakes. He is just so needy. He won't allow me to sleep one minute past when he wakes up. I suppose I made the mistake of giving into him these years. I allowed him to give me that short leash. When he goes to his dad's for an overnight, he'll often call me homesick and crying hysterically to come home. Ex is baffled and has no idea what causes this shift. I've let him come home but I think I've done the wrong thing (again lol). I have to step aside and let him figure out nothing bad is going to happen if I'm in another room etc. I suppose I have to work on these things to change them. I believe that he has to work on his anxiety alone to some extent, you know learn some coping skills. I just wondered if anyone out there can relate.