Today is difficult child's first day of competition with Bowlympics. New things are a big anxiety trigger for him, and even though it is quite a few hours until he have to leave I can see him starting to ramp up already. I gave easy child the option of staying home alone, or going with us, but I told him that we would be gone for a few hours. I have no one to leave him with today (my in-laws are upstate visiting husband's brother and his family, and our usual babysitter is away for the weekend) and he said that he didn't want to stay home alone by himself for that long. In all honestly, I wasn't thrilled about the idea of leaving him alone for that long, either, so in my mind it's just as well that he comes with us. W laid down some ground rules for easy child. Bring your IPod, so you have something to do. Don't bother your brother while he's trying to bowl. You're not playing the arcade games that will be at the bowling alley. Then I told him not to bother difficult child while we're in the car because he's going to be nervous, and that difficult child struggles with his behavior when he's nervous. easy child said that he understood and would do his best. Do you think I handled that part right? Does anyone else ask their easy child kids to go out of their way not to bother the difficult child child when you know that he or she can be easily triggered?