The word “authority” is taken from the French for "power to enforce obedience.” Think about this for a moment. Do you have authority over your children?

Regardless of your perspective, the community expects this of parents. Authority is being the “boss.” As harsh as this might sound, someone other than the child needs to provide this core. Children often do not understand risk and danger nor have the self-control to stop their personal impulses. The toddler who is about to run into the street needs to stop on hearing the parent shout “STOP!” At that moment, there is no discussion or debate. The parent uses authority to command.

Here is the second video in our series.

JOURNAL 7: “Being a friend”
Describe your thoughts and feelings about authority. Can you have authority and be “friends” with your child? Continue after recording your comments.

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