By Melissa Ford
Think of all the different roles you play as a parent: cook, housekeeper, nutritionist, social director, cheerleader, comforter, tutor, safety patrol, nurse, chauffeur, college tour guide and the list goes on. . .
In order to do all those jobs and do them well, you have to assume one very important role. You have to be the CEO of your family, willing to be in charge, make decisions (especially unpopular ones), and stand comfortably by your choices.
If you are too permissive, failing to stand firmly by your decisions, you forgo many opportunities to teach your children your values. If you are too strict, making all the decisions with an iron fist, you diminish your relationships and your parenting is about control versus helping your children grow.
Be the CEO for your family while you carry out the multitude of roles you play, but be a special leader - be a loving, kindhearted CEO. Decision-making from this powerful position will earn your child's respect, gratitude, and love as you take charge and follow through with warmth, caring and compassion.
Here's to benevolent leadership!