You got to know when to hold 'em
this refers to the non-negotiables, win-at-all-costs, "i WILL outlast you", mountains you MUST-die-on battles.
know what they are and have a game plan before they occur. they'll thank you when they're husbands/wives/mums/dads.
know when to fold 'em
these are the fights you want to hold onto and fight til the bitter end but, really, they're not that important (and you know it...but are proud and stubborn)
say your bit (once!!!!!) then walk away. leave it alone mum! anymore is nagging/harping/wah-wah-wah/background noise.
Know when to walk away
for the moments when your patience is thin and you know that nothing teachable or compassionate is going to come out of your mouth. walk now, talk later.
and know when to run
this is the next level up from walking away - for the TNT moments. when the frustration turns to anger (oh what? am i getting a blank stare? oooo...k,...just me then huh!). the, i've-already-TOLD-you-a-million-times-in-the-last-hour...etc etc - you better run baby run baby RUN for your life. the damage done is not worth your raging vent.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table
this refers to the smug, i've-got-it-in-the-bag, my-kid-would-NEVER-behave-like-that feeling.
(i used to feel this away about "TNT" moments when i only had one child under one. i thought i would NEVER get mad at my kids, or raise my voice at them, or do anything except smile and enjoy them..../sigh)
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done
when your kids are well-adjusted, happy, contributing, moral adults/parents you could maybe afford to sneakily count your
money blessings, but even then...
you'll never hear this song the same again :)