Winner Takes it All

In recent months I have made the conscious choice to try to see the bright side of parenting. Most days I do a pretty good job of staying positive and counting my blessings.  And, most days my boys give me plenty of reasons to do so. This weekend however, I couldn’t muster the strength to keep this positivity thing going.  I live in a culture of competition.  Literally, everything is a competition.  My boys can turn the art of teeth brushing into a competitive sport.  Combine this with the way they handle losing (badly is putting it extremely mildly) and it’s a lot to handle.  And let’s just say Mad Dog’s win-at-all-costs mentality only seems to stoke my boys’ fire.  When a family trivia game turned into an all-out meltdown, I was about ready to throw in the towel.  In that moment of seeing Full Speed rage about not knowing an answer to a question, it made me realize finding something positive was going to be a real challenge for me.

If I’ve learned anything over the past years it’s that winners don’t quit.  We may get knocked down, we may have our dreams of a quiet family game night dashed, but we always get back up, get that game board back out and throw down.

Maybe winning is everything.

Sure, they are all sweet and adorable until they,... aren't.
Sure, they are all sweet and adorable until they,… aren’t.

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