Yup - uggggh definitely describes how I'm feeling today! I'm so frustrated with easy child/ difficult child. He's been worse than ever lately. He's putting 0 effort into anything that he's expected to do. All of his grades have gone down, he's not turning in homework, he lost his math workbook, he's been lying, not doing any chores. The whole works. I really think he's been pushing my boundaries bc I've been staying calm about things that would normally make me mad. I've been doing a really good job at it too but I've noticed the calmer I am the worse he acts. He most definitely mistakes kindness for weakness but I think after today maybe not so much anymore. Because of his behavior lately he's 100% grounded. He's not allowed to leave the couch today except to use the bathroom. No talking allowed either. He has to sit in there in complete silence. The no talking and sitting where we can see him is the worst punishment to him. He hates being quiet and not being able to do anything. But oh well - he's had a million and one chances but continued to push and push and push! We were supposed to go out for dinner tonight but that's not happening. Instead easy child/difficult child will get a grilled cheese and soup and be sent to bed. husband and I will get our favorite Mexican takeout and enjoy the evening anyway. I'm not letting easy child/difficult child's bad behavior ruin our evening. My new motto is "if you don't earn it, you don't get it". I'm 100% done with this BS! Anyway - sorry for rambling on. I just needed to vent!!!