“Be careful that victories do not carry the seeds of future defeats.

-Ralph W. Sockman, US theologian

Say little Jeff and Jimmy are fighting again and all you want is for them to shut up play together quietly. If you step in too quickly because you can’t handle the anxiety of allowing them to learn about conflict, you are really just setting yourself up for another round of “sibling wars” down the road.

In moments of weakness (i.e. when you are so exhausted from your day that all you want is a little time to sit down in peace and quiet) it is most important to remember this quote. Victory at all costs isn’t a victory at all. Think of those tough moments as mental and emotional workouts. They make you stronger so that you are able to handle more with less stress.

–From Screamfree Parenting