For many parents there are times when power becomes reversed, and instead of the parents being in charge, it seems as if the strong-willed child is running the family. They constantly react to her impulses and respond to her ultimatums. They keep waiting to see what kind of mood she’s in, stay worried about her becoming upset, and continually endeavor to keep her happy. They struggle to get her agreement, trying to convince her to make cooperative choices. They strive to establish a family structure into which she will fit and to set a family agenda she will follow. This chapter describes some of the telltale changes in parental behavior that signal the presence of a child in the family who has too much power for everyone’s good.

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