It is unfortunate today that the children in the family have taken over the roll of the parent. As a teacher, I see that everyday. In many, many households, the children rule the roost. There is no discipline and if there is, it is usually negotiations and the children win. It is extremely difficult when in a classroom, as we as teachers, have to change the role of who is the adult and who is the child. Everyone is so keen on not hurting the child's feelings - that what punishment is all about. They need to have their feelings hurt in order to learn. It is a never ending battle - one that parents need to get a handle on.