The battle I chose to lose: candy vs. road trip
"Pick your battles" is often shared as parenting advice. As parents, it forces us to weigh pros and cons, it forces us to consider the lesser of two evils. We probably do it every day, multiple times a day. Sure, why not let them eat cake for breakfast!
Along those lines, I wanted to share my most recent decision. We were on a family road trip over the long weekend, and we had already exhausted our toddler travel tips & tricks. Well, what now? Our toddler scanned our snack bag and found the bag of gummi bears. I didn't hesitate much to hand over the whole bag, open up, and let him could consume it all while watching a video on one of our smart phones.
I felt bad. A litle. It was a little uncharacteristic of me to give a big bag of candy and plug the kid in. Even my husband looked back at me, surprised and almost alarmed. But, *shrugging shoulders*, it was the battle I chose to loose so that we could finish our 2+ hours remaining in the drive. I am sure I'm not the only mama out there who has made a similar choice, to give in to requests that would normally be uncharacteristic. I can envision many scenarios, many circumastances, that lend to "caving in" on an issue. I would love to hear yours. What are the circumastances where you choose to lose? Or, perhaps, you refuse to lose?