Satan attacks when we are tired from trying to keep up the pace of making a living, taking care of kids or aging parents. He tempts and discourages us in hopes that we will give up. Stress and anxiety wears on our nerves and causes us to be fatigued, frustrated, and angry. Even worse he tries to make us feel like a failure.
I just returned from Texas. It was 3 days of hanging around a neat bunch of guys, bookended by turkey hunts on each day. It's true. While hunting was part of our trip, the real enjoyment came before, during, and after, meal times.
I am sure we would all agree that consistency in our parenting is extremely hard to maintain. The dictionary meaning of consistent means 'holding together and retaining form'. That hardly describes my early memories of child rearing. I can recall more than a few meltdowns in my time.