About a week ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Parenting Magazine. They put a random call out for parents who choose their battles with their kids. I responded immediately because I live almost every waking second of my parenting life choosing my battles with my children. My girls are amazing kids, but very strong-willed and strong-spirited, and strong in every opinion that comes across their amazing little minds.
Before the interview I made a random list of things I do choose to fight and what's just not worth the energy.
|Things Worth Fighting||Not Worth it|
|Tween Television||Weird Cartoons|
|Unkind Words||Good Arguments|
Believe it or not, the two things we spent the most time talking about were the clothes/hair issue and the TV watching issue. The lady doing the interview asked a good question about the clothes/hair thing: Don't you think that is something worth fighting for, since your girls represent who you are? I told her that on a daily basis I let them choose their own clothes and do their own hair (as long as they look neat and somewhat put together). However, for special occasions, they know I get to pick everything. Here is an example of how they would look on their own:
And When Mommy Gets to Pick:
FYI Belle is wearing gym shoes because she has to wear braces on her feet. I know you were wondering about that.
Some things are worth fighting. Some aren't. What is worth it to you? What's not?