OK - First genuine WOB posting.
When did it become the norm for children to rule the roost?
This morning having a quick cup of tea before coming into the office I caught part of a "Super Nanny" programme on Extreme Parenting. The mother she was trying to help had virtually bankrupted herself pandering to her children. In particular she had allowed the youngest girl [I think around 8 or 9 yrs perhaps younger] to become a monster. This child had a wardrobe of designer outfits [£3 - 4k in value], spoke to her mother like dirt, did nothing around the house and was, in fact, the "pack leader" who everyone had to obey!! Even Super Nanny was horrified. Frankly I had better things to do, so turned off the TV and came to work.
Maybe this was a very extreme case but, to a lesser degree, haven't we all noticed that discipline [and I don't mean "spare the rod - spoil the child"], rules, boundaries on behaviour etc. are becoming rarer and rarer. Frankly this kind of parenting is just as much child abuse as the physical or emotional abuse that is always condemned.