Pick your battles or choose your engagements

As the parent of a toddler, I find I am picking battles all day, every day.  Such as this one…


Sure, you can wear a crown to school.  Maybe it will promote more narcissism like everyone is talking about.  Everyone loves a narcissistic threenager.  Oh yeah, ALL toddlers are narcissistic, but I digress.

We pick battles every single day: in traffic, at school or work, and in our own homes.  I recently went to an education conference in which the speaker was discussing ways to manage anxious students.  One of the of her suggestions was to

choose your engagements rather than pick you battles.  

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My husband will tell you I am the least patient person he has ever met. I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in trouble because I could not wait in many aspects of my life including relationships, finances, and professional life.  I have taken short cuts only to be two steps back when it is all over.

“Short cuts make for long delays”

– Pippin, The Fellowship of the Ring

If anyone should know about long delays, it is Pippin and Frodo!  I am currently halfway through my master’s program to be certified to teach 6-12 English Language Arts.  I have applied for student teaching starting in the fall and I have passed all my certification exams, but I am now in an interesting waiting game.  Because of the way my program is set up, I could potentially get hired for the 2015-2016 school year as a teacher rather than doing my student teaching, but there is a catch.  Since I am still in my program, schools have to make the claim they could not find a fully certified applicant before they hire me; it could be the week of planning or the first week of school before I could be hired!  Talk about throwing a wrench in my obsession with planning every aspect of my life.

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