On The Defense or Offense

Have you ever been in conversation with someone and as soon as you said something, you immediately wished you could take it back? Or perhaps you were on the others side of the conversation and the person you are talking to says something and you can’t believe that that statement, that phrase, or that question just came out of their mouth?
We have many opportunities to get offended and defensive in the course of our lives. And when parenting a special-needs child, there are still many people who, whether out of inexperience or insensitivity, seem to say things that can cause us parents to get defensive.