we went on vacation ...
No one wrote BFF with toothpaste on the bathroom counter, nor did anyone smear stick people drawings all over the bathroom with shampoo. We had both toothpaste and shampoo left to bring home just for her.
No one was screeching or screaming or as she calls it singing at 2:30 am. All of us slept all through the night until about 7:45 am every day.
No one left entire rolls of wet, disgusting, wadded up toilet paper on the floor behind the toilet.
No one said "this family is dumb" or "you are stupid" or "I am gonna run away".
No food, cell phones, money, computers, or toys disappeared.
No one screamed, kicked, pinched, or poked anyone else in the van.
We only have this stuff going on day in and day out when we live with a RAD kid, that is exactly why we need to go on vacation every once in a while. Our family needs a break from RAD life. We need to experience what it like to live without the chaos a traumatized kid creates.