When you are a parent to an exceptionally challenging child, life is full of tough decisions. One of the toughest is picking your battles.
Essentially, picking your battles means that carefully select when it’s best to simply let something go instead of addressing it. The consistent thing to do would be to directly address the problem. Having said that, sometimes it’s best for everyone else, to let it slide.
Every day, in the Lost and Tired household, I have to pick my battles.
This is not easy to do but has become a necessary evil. The truth is that sometimes the fallout just isn’t worth it. Think of it like a strategic retreat.
It’s frustrating because it feels like we have to choose between doing the right thing and living to fight another day. If we addressed every single behavior, that’s all we would be able to do. So instead, we pick the behaviors that we absolutely must address.
Doing this helps to limit the number of meltdowns we experience. It also preserves some of our energy as well as our sanity.
The downside is that it can sometimes send the wrong message.
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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