This may be a jinx, but I am relieved and happy to say difficult child got to school on time every single day this week. Of course it was a short week due to the holiday on Monday, but four days in a row on the bus and making it to every class is a record for difficult child. The principal didn't have to come and pay a home visit at all this week. Thank goodness. She was getting really sick and tired of driving to my house and dragging difficult child's butt to school every day, but she is a determined woman. She kept on with it because she was sick of difficult child's excuses to sit at home. difficult child didn't seem to be phased at all with these home visits. As a matter of fact, I think she rather liked them. On the days she missed the bus and couldn't make it to school, the principal had early morning meetings and couldn't make it over to bring difficult child to school for a couple of hours. Therefor she was missing her first few classes of the day and getting truancies. The payoff for difficult child? She got to sit at home and watch her favorite shows during that time while waiting to be escorted to school. This week I decided to yank the cable cord out of the TV and take it with me to work each morning. Without that cord, difficult child can't watch anything. So now that she knows she can't sit at home and watch her favorite dvds while waiting for the principal to make housecalls, she has decided it's best to get on that bus and get to school on time. I am hoping it sticks. I hope, and pray, that something one of us is saying or doing (the principal, her teachers, the school psychiatric, me, my mom, etc) is finally getting through to her. Wish me luck for next week!