As Kenny Rogers so famously put it, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em,” and that’s never so true as it is when you’re dealing with a young child. If you were to stand firm every time you and your little one disagreed, you would spend almost all of your time arguing. And even though the hills worth defending will be different for every family, I’ve got some suggestions today to help you evaluate where you might want to give up some ground in exchange for a little peace and serenity.
You know that old saying pick your battles? Well, we’re gonna talk about that today, picking your battles. Here’s a few areas in which I think it’s not worth the battle. Honestly, it’s not.
One is around deciding what to wear every morning. I get asked this question a lot and it’s usually from moms with daughters if I’m being totally honest here and I would say that I probably stepped into this once or twice in my life too.
So when a toddler begins to make some choices, right, that is part of the natural developing sense of autonomy that we all get as we become older children and into childhood and adulthood, we begin to understand that hey, I get to make some decisions here in life, that’s pretty cool and picking out what to wear is usually one of the first things that shows up and it can become a battle, right?
If you put out this beautiful pink dress that you would love her to wear and she walks into her room and throws that one on the floor and goes to pick out something you would prefer her not to wear, this can become a battle.
I think it’s a battle not worth fighting. If I’m being totally honest, I really don’t think it’s worth going there because here’s why.
She will always be this way.
This isn’t gonna change, right? This…