pick (one's) battle(s)

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pick (one's) battle(s)

To choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or where one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to pick your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged with nagging them. The best politicians pick their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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I'm flying around the world to all of these amazing parties pretty much every night so I have to stop myself getting into the party spirit most of the time and pick my battles or I won't make it to 40.
pick my battles and try to keep my mouth shut a he laughed.
They'll tell you I still expect the chores to get done, but I've learned to pick my battles.
I know what to pick my battles over and small, sharp knives aren' t it.
When I look at the boys I could think how I may not be around to see them graduate but on the other hand I feel I'm wiser and more patient than many younger parents, and I know what's important so I pick my battles.