What a Mother Learns in 18 Years

“That many battles are not worth fighting, but others definitely are, and sometimes one kind masquerades as the other.”

I’ve been pondering this sentence because I have felt that unsettling feeling too. Perhaps as parents, we waver on the question of ‘is this a biggie or one to let pass’ because we have so many of those decisions to make. And I’m always conscious that it’s a truly important job. In my corporate life, I saw people get all excited over a meeting or report and thought how misplaced their emotion was. But with kids, your efforts actually matter.

The sentence is from The New York Times Motherlode column by Lisa Belkin. Belkin writes a poignant and funny column worth reading.

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