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January 30, 2015

Who’s the Boss?

“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.” (Fran Lebowitz)

Let’s just all admit it. There are times when the tail wags the dog in our homes. We’ve all been there. In an effort to create a loving environment for our children, we unwittingly give them too much power. We cover our minivans with honor roll stickers. We spend way too much on them at Christmas. We sacrifice our weekends to the great gods of youth soccer. We even let them decide what we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We act as if they’re the center of our universe, and then we get upset when they act as if the world revolves around them.

Our children may behave like they want this kind of power, but being the boss is actually scary for them. They’re not equipped for that. What kids really need are parents who give them boundaries. Yes, give them choices. Yes, give them love with no strings attached. But take your rightful place as the leader in your home, and watch your children thrive.

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