to lessen difficult child's anxiety over respite. I know we need the break (we haven't had any respite since March), I'm not feeling bad about that and am looking forward to the stress relief. However, I hate to see how it affects difficult child. I know he has to deal with it and we've told him how to avoid respite but he just hates going. He cries when we take him, before that he gets extremely agitated, grouchy, threatening. This is a new respite house and there will be other children which should be a good thing (I think part of the problem has been he usually goes by himself with no other kids) but he is already worrying about the other kids-that's new for him, he usually does really well with other kids around. Also they have dogs and horses so hopefully that will help. This lady has a wonderful tone about her. She currently has 5 foster kids, three adult sons at home to help, along with her husband. difficult child and another new respite child will be added to the mix this weekend. I am just crossing my fingers that he has a fun weekend so it will be easier for him next time. Thanks for listening.