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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE?

When I Was Growing Up My Parents Allowed Me to Take the Lead or Dominate the Family

“WHO IS THE BOSS IN YOUR FAMILY?”

THE COUNSELOR ASKED.

“I AM,” REPLIED THE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD.

SOMEONE MUST LEAD

Wise boy, that eight-year-old. He recognized that leadership is essential for any group, and if his parents aren’t leading the family, he must. Leadership is essential for any family. If parents don’t lead the family, one or more of the children will.

When parents abdicate areas of leadership to children, family members don’t get what they need. Children don’t have the maturity or the life skills to lead a family, and it is not ...

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