There's a phrase in my family: "Let the Wookiee win."
It's an abbreviated line from Star Wars, in which C-3PO suggests a strategy to R2-D2, who's playing a game of chess with Chewbacca.
In our house, "letting the Wookiee win" means giving in to a problem in which the solution seems to be causing a bigger problem.
Example: For years, I have asked my kids to turn thier clothing right-side-out before throwing it in the hamper. Doing it myself was adding a lot of time to the already dreaded chore of laundry. But my pleas fell on deaf ears. For one reason or another, this was one step that kept tripping everyone up.
After plenty of frustration and argument, I decided to let the Wookiee win. I now throw clothes into the washer in whatever state they arrive. If there are stains to be treated which I miss…oh well. I also fold the clothing inside-out, and that's how the kids put it away into their drawers.
Now my kids turn their clothing right-side out…the next time they put it on.
Letting the Wookiee win is another way of saying "choose your battles." I'm glad I'm no longer fighting this one.
Do you have an example in your family of "letting the Wookiee win?"
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