One of the advantages to being a parent is that you get to call the shots. Some parents take this too seriously by being dictators and I don't mean benevolent ones. My experience, however, has been that most parents take it too lightly and as a result, their children have too much power in the family. I remind friends and family all the time: your kids don't get a vote. They really don't. You get to tell them what to do. In the movie Spiderman it was said, "With great power comes great responsibility." (I'm sure someone more important said that originally but I don't know who). Therefore, when you start ordering your kids around, you do need to take the responsibility to make sure things are fun and safe for them. The next time they are complaining about something you tell them to do just remember what I said: kids don't get a vote. Now that we've established that, I can move on to the point of my post.
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