I know it’s tough. This day-to-day stuff is the toughest kind of wear-you-down stress that there is. But even in the thick of it, do your best to stay as pleasant as you can. Smile, give eye contact, remain polite, and show genuine care. Our children may do very annoying things because of the children that they are, but do not allow this fact to derail you. There is no need to get bent out of shape—over anything, really. Just take it all in stride, and seek to continue learning and putting into practice helpful response techniques to challenging situations (such as staying pleasant despite irritations).