So this would be the post I was having a love-hate relationship with last week.
I was finally satisfied with it enough to send it to Family Matters and they posted it today!
Here is an excerpt:
Perhaps we fight the fights we can win because even though the fights might be loud, draining, and ugly, we can check off a decided victory in the end. It feels better because it’s a short term gain.
We fight tooth and nail with a 3 year old that wants to wear her new bathing suit and winter parka to play outside.
We have it out with our 12 year old in the shopping mall because they want to buy a pair of “useless” techno-gadget- deely-boppers with their hard earned babysitting money.
Often our reason for going toe-to-toe with the Mini-me in our life has more to do with our pride, than their best interests.
Often our reason for going toe-to-toe with the Mini-me in our life has more to do with our pride, than their best interests. We worry about what others will think of our kids or our parenting, and before you know it, the gloves are off. We forget that many of the weird things our kids want to do (and buy!) have natural consequences attached to them: