The Matrix's Neo meets Dan Hughes.
I respond and don't react.
I absorb and don't reflect.
I stand back and don't get drawn in.
I dodge the insults fired at me.
I quell the fiery words spat in anger with gentle words of love.
I grind my teeth, I pretend not to be hurt, I imagine what I'd like to say and how I'd like to say it. I react and reflect emotions. I mutter under my breath and I get drawn in. I imagine my fate if I'd said that to my dad.
Mostly I do my best.
I'm a great believer in the concept of 'Good enough parenting'.