Sometimes, to sort out a family fight, I start a “game” I call One True Thing. Everybody gets to say one thing, just one, that they believe is true, and then the next person goes. Like: “I felt like you were attacking me.” And then, “I am really sorry for that, but I don’t understand why you got so upset.” And so on. I know I sound like a really annoying marriage counsellor or something but it works. You have to focus on the essentials, your most important feeling, and deal with one thing at a time.
Here’s my One True Thing today: I am totally wrung out. It’s been a really intense week for me both in parenting and in work, and also, there is this.