Don't know if anyone noticed or not, but I don't' refer to any of my kids as difficult child or easy child. Mostly because all three are both, and I figured going into motherhood that children were, by definition - difficult. That being said, son is being pure difficult child today! We had a major crisis of sorts this week with the state writing test results. Apparently the state changed the scoring criteria making the writing test more stringent, but they didn't adequately communicate these criteria to teachers and students. This resulted in a passing rate of 22-38% depending on the grade level (only given in grades 4, 8 and 10) Normal passing score is a 4. The state ended up lowering it to a 3 which allowed for 80% of the students to pass. Well, as incentive for the test, son's HS announced that those getting a 4.0 or higher would get to partake in a pizza party and if anyone got a 6.0 (highest score) they would get a kindle fire. So, in son's mind, he already had a kindle fire before even taking the test. Needless to say, son got his score today and he got a 4! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!! I'm all like and and Son? he's all like and and because he didn't get the kindle fire and because it's so late in the year that the pizza party will be held next year. I'm just thankful they told him during the last period of the day or his whole day would have been shot. I've managed to calm him down and point out how awesome it is that he passed via the original requirement. Doesn't hurt that I'm making him his favorite for dinner.