I thought I'd start something positive that might help those of us struggling with a difficult child-filled life to find the good things, the silver linings, and the random wonders that often accompany life with difficult children (but unfortunately are often overshadowed by the bad days.) I'll start... ...you learn to truly appreciate the good moments, no matter how small. ...you find the kind of personal strength and confidence you never knew you had. ...life is never, ever dull or uninteresting. I doubt you'll find any bored housewives in a meeting of difficult child warrior moms. ...you meet the most wonderfully caring people who truly know what it means to be supportive. ...when the kids grow up and move out, you have a whole new appreciation for empty nest-dom ...its easy to find your true friends - they pass the bandaids and help clean up the broken glass, or better yet, sit at the kitchen table with you and another phone line, making calls to find services, get referrals, or otherwise help you take care of things for difficult child, your job, the household, or other children. ...above all else, you learn that even the worst of situations are never the end of the world so long as everyone is still breathing. ...you know, even if your child doesn't, that you have done absolutely everything possible as a parent, and then some.