We can step into some very un-joyful territory if we get in the habit of engaging in power struggles with our children over things that don’t deserve the energy of a power struggle. We must learn how to recognize when something is worth the energy of engagement. Essentially, we must learn how to choose our battles wisely. I think a lot of parents lose out on much of the joy they could have had in their early years of parenting their young children because they allow themselves to get caught up in fighting every little battle with their kids. Always being right and always having the upper hand and always getting your way is not equivalent to being an effective parent. Let us be quick to put our pride down once we recognize when something is not worth the energy expense of a fight.