The biggest thing I’ve learned as a parent, is the biggest thing I struggle with the most as a parent. Because it demands that I engage in a constant inner struggle with the very fabric of my being. Here’s the lesson…BEFORE I give in to my immediate reactions, stop & ask myself: are MY opinions/actions/decisions what’s best for THEM?? It’s usually not…thus the struggle. Having to back down, bite my tongue, stay out of it, go with the flow, often requires a massive dose of happy pills & a complete avoidance of the situation lest I snap & go all stabby on someone. Case in point…school. ‘Cause ya gotta know with four kidlets, it’s not bloody likely that I’d get through the year clean, no matter how much I love our school, & no matter how fantastic my kids are. And I knew, from the moment I found out who this one teacher would be, that this would be where the trouble came from this particular year. And Holy Mary Mother of God, it’s started already, a mere week in to it.