Pick and choose your battles, sometimes you just have to lay down and take the eight count. My rule of thumb is “If your decision does not impact me in any way, have at it.” For example, if you want to give yourself a haircut, I don’t care. Your peers will surely tell you how it looks (hee hee hee). If you want to pierce your tongue, we have a problem. If your tongue becomes infected, I have to pay the doctor bills. Your stupidity has impacted my purse (no can do – permission denied). If your child refuses to clean his/her bedroom, and nothing is crawling out, no problem; close the bedroom door and keep it moving. But, he/she can’t sleep on the couch when they get totally disgusted with their living conditions. Don’t want to go to school, we have a problem. School is mandatory and the authorities will seek answers from ME.
I know that this will be hard for most of you because kids can be gross. If their behavior is only gross to you, the behavior will not stop. They need to be grossed out too. Believe me, you will have enough battles to fight without fighting the ones that will not change the rotation of the planets.
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