- Brushing teeth? Health. Must happen twice daily. Worth the battle
- Brushing hair? Jury's out on that one. Might be health. Battle not worth it, but still occurs
- Washing hair? See above
- Wearing coat? Survey says: Not health. No battle.
- Eating vegetables, or even one vegetable, even one time? Health. Worth the battle, but losing it.
- Eating fruit? Health. Mission accomplished.
- Refrain from antagonizing brother? His health. Battle would ensue, but tenets of role modeling would say to avoid battle and let them work it out.
- Going to bed at a reasonable hour? Health-related. Battle prolongs time awake. Fail.
- Letting this MiM sleep a few more minutes in the morning? My health-related. Battle sets bad tone for the day and promotes wakefulness anyway. Resolve not to battle.
- Hugging and making up? Ahhh, that's what it all comes down to, what are we battling for???
Monday, February 14, 2011
Battles: health vs not health
The battles begin, continue, and at times seem to never end. And while I'm defining "battles" quite loosely, such is parenting. For at least one of my two children, (glass half full, that's 50% of my kids where parenting goes smoothly!) we battle over things we humans needs to do. In a pseudo-valiant attempt on my part to limit battles to those things that would impact one's health, I've let lots of things go, but not when it comes to her health... so what really constitutes health for this MiM? Might depend on the day and my patience.