Perhaps, we had never gained ground.
For a few weeks, it seemed that X was better at reasoning and had fewer tempers. These days, he was back to square one. It might seem that this behavior was part of his character.
We were battling hard.
I really would not like to throw in a white towel.
I wished X would learn to listen more, to wait and to let his mind lead his heart. Otherwise, it was a treacherous parenting path ahead.