You don't have to attend every argument to which you're invited.
Ahhhh, now isn't that useful? It's pithy. And pithiness is important when I'm talking to my kids. I discovered years ago that...
- The fewer words I use, the less likely I am to Rant.
- The fewer words I use, the more likely it is that I will keep my temper.
- The fewer words I use, the more times I can repeat them calmly.
- The fewer words I use, the more likely it is that someone will, eventually, remember what I say.
The repetition part is important. A priest once complained that he said the same thing over and over but people never seemed to get it. I laughed and said, "You're annoyed about it because you're not a parent. You need to assume it will take a huge number of repetitions, like 500,000. That way when you get to 397,262 you aren't as frustrated, because you know you've still got a long way to go!"
I still Rant, especially when people leave an above-average mess or argue about cleaning up. If you have any pithy sayings to help me with those topics, do tell.