After reading I'm Broken Hearted without Him's post on having to make that awful call to the police on difficult child, it got me thinking ... at what point do you call? My difficult child is just newly 6. He occassionally lashes out physically - mostly against his brother - and will, when raging, lash out at me. I can tell that he is trying to restrain himself and it is getting more controlled as the years pass. But where/what is the threshold between what I would consider childish immaturity and real aggression/assault? How can you tell? Is it an age thing? Is it a "now I'm really hurt" thing? Or is there just something that you intrinsically feel has changed with difficult child - that you just detect "the shift" with them? I'm just wondering for future reference. Any thoughts?