Yeah, I'm still here; I just haven't posted as much lately. difficult child managed to not get suspended at all last year (teacher was a saint or something) but this year is not good at all. That's a whole different story, though. This thread is about how we went to Thanksgiving at my sister's and difficult child managed to do enough stuff (messing up the yard and pond, pounding up and down the stairs, rudeness and disrespect, etc) that it's clear we aren't welcome to come back at Christmas as planned. Sister can tolerate it; her spouse isn't willing to. Can't blame him and there's no point in noting that difficult child is often much worse. Thanks, difficult child! Two holidays messed up for the price of one! Just one more service he offers for free. I'm not actually looking for sympathy and I am well aware that many people here have faced the same situation and much, much worse. I just feel very crabby with difficult child right now so I'm giving my sarcasm and bitterness an outlet here. And for those of you who had difficult children who behaved well at Thanksgiving -- I hope you appreciated it and may it hold through Christmas!