Two stories demonstrate how the choice is in our hands as to whether our circumstances will define our reality or whether we will define our circumstances. It's the difference between enslavement and freedom.
The difference between an issue and non-issue person is one thing. What is the objective? The issue person always makes themselves the objective. The non-issue person remains focused on the true objective.
When our relationship with another, with our religion or with G-d is shutting us down and not expanding us, it's an unhealthy relationship.
Discipline is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. As long as it's given lovingly. Don't shy away from creating rules, responsibilities and structure. Do make sure you do so from a place of love, not negative emotion.