It's that time of year for generalized anxiety for all of us parents of difficult children...school will be out soon...sugar and expectations are up...structured quiet time is down... In my own home, my difficult child has been ramping up the anger. She's been increasingly nasty with each passing day. She's flunking a math class she needs to graduate - but instead of studying or doing homework, her strategy is to pester the office to give her a new math teacher. Changing classes in an effort to get a more lenient teacher is strictly against school policy - but knowing my difficult child, she will come up with some story that allows her to get that class switched. So (interestingly enough), I have every confidence that she will get into a different math class and graduate by the skin of her teeth. She's managed to keep her part time job - but has been feuding with the managers...and now she's talking about "soon it will be time to find a new job..." so I guess she is hinting to me that she is not keeping this one for too much longer. And she's making plans to move out. This might be more exciting except that her plan always involves potential room-mates who are unemployed drop-outs with drug and alcohol problems. (Oh joy!) So we are hanging in there day-by-day....just hoping that giant shoe that always seems to be hanging over our heads doesn't "drop" for the holidays. How are things at your house?