Have you ever found yourself in an argument where, at some point, you realize you are just making too big a deal of the issue but your pride just won’t let you back down? No only can you not back down, but you carry the frustration for hours. It may be the store clerk who would;t give you a refund without the receipt or an ass at work who criticized your presentation.
One of the things I love about my children is their amazing ability to own their mistakes and how quickly they get past it. Yesterday our oldest daughter completely blew up while we were skiing because she felt we were begin too critical and giving her too many ‘tips’. She was furious that we didn’t think she was a good skier and got really petulant about anything we said to her to improve technique. I was surprise at her reaction and told he to calm down. Sure enough, the very next run she (i) apologized for overreacting and (ii) was a joy the rest of the day. It was as if it had never happened.
Kids are amazing for their humility and resilience. We could all learn.