I deal with way too many ridiculous things on a daily basis. Starting at 5:30 a.m. my 5-year-old son is wide awake, making sure everyone else is awake, too, while my 10-year-old daughter is a walking zombie, complaining and crying about anything and everything. So trust me when I say there are a lot of battles you don't need to have with your kid today. Like, a lot. Because you know what would be great? Having one calm conversation without my children fighting or arguing or both. Needless to say, I'm really, really exhausted all day, every day, and there's truly no reason to be.
These days, the battles with my 10-year-old daughter far surpass those thrown my way by my 5-year-old son. Of course, they're different kids with different personalities, but their ages account for the different "issues" I have to deal with in a 24-hour period. My daughter's nearing her teens and never misses an opportunity to disagree with me or challenge my authority, while my youngest is happy to go with the flow as long as he's allotted time to play.
There are some days, though, where they seem to team up on me, doing everything possible to test me well before the day's even started. Because, parenting. So with that in mind, and because it's nice to think we're all in this together, here are some of the battles you don't need to have with your kid today. Or any day, for that matter.