My principal came by my room earlier this week. I mentioned the snit thing when he asked how things were going. He said something simple and yet useful. "Don't take it personally. Kids who are snits here at school are snits at home. Kids who are angry here at school are angry at home." Yep, it was helpful to remember that it was not personal. It was wearing on me, though.
When I taught school years ago, I was pretty tough. Teaching was enjoyable for me, but I had a very tough exterior. And that is okay. But when I quit teaching, I realized I don't have to be that person. It took me awhile to relax and be me again. I'm a very happy person most of the time. I want to be happy. I don't want to be mean, but that was in me, too. At a high school reunion once, an old friend said, "...you were always so sweet, but a little bit mean." I knew exactly what he was saying. I want to be the sweet person, but I will fight if pushed. I struggle with that from time to time. I need to keep it balanced.
More later. Off to school.