Hi Mayapple5 and welcome! I'm copying your post to a new thread to make sure all the members see it. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this or not. I'm new here and I'm not sure, but I guess I could shorten my signature a bit. I'm 56 and my husband is 7 years younger but oh so much wiser than I am! We adopted this little bit of an angel in '07. We were her sixth home from the time she was born until she was 23 months old in '05. In a short 1 1/2 years she was our daughter legally. My instincts told me she wasn't like other kids, I had never seen tantrums like she would throw, and for nothing! She would play by herself, she wasn't talking yet when she came to us and just had begun to walk (at 23 months). She was diagnosis'd at Loyola in Chicago at 3 1/2 but I think she is less Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) now, she is so outgoing and but she is so demanding and she makes my ears hurt! And oh, how she can throw things! Anyway, I's so glad she is in PreK in the mornings and still takes LONGGG naps in the afternoons. That's where I find momma time. She isn't on any medications. I tried Aderall, but it turned her into a zombie and my husband said noway. He works at a prison and he had worked with phsy ward for many years, he knows what drugs can do and that many time drugs are needed to take care of the side affects of the original drug. He won't allow her to take drugs. So we use vitamin therapy right now. I don't see much improvement! I'm home with her day-in and day-out! I't driving me crazy, except when she is in school, where she is the perfect angel! Cats? yea, I almost stepped in a mess this week, hadn't had one of them in a very long time. Must be the moon.... __________________ -me-56 and tired -husband-49 retires in less than 10 months; married 24 years. -easy child 1 36, daughter from previous marriage; SO 2 daughter, 1 difficult child son-BiPolar (BP)/ODD -difficult child 1 33, DS from previous marriage; married 1 difficult child ds, 2 easy child daughter (no diagnosis) -easy child 2 daughter 20, adopted granddaughter, living at home and working -easy child 3 daughter 18, adopted granddaughter, living at home and working -difficult child 2 daughter 5, adopted foster child at 23 months, diagnosis'd at 3 1/2 Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)/ADHD/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) -Purebred Beagle - Tobias 7 years old -tabby cat - Donny - ? years old Again, welcome!