Parenting: Taking back the house

January 10, 2011 7:15:35 AM PST
My family got a big kick out of watching last week's episode of "The Middle" on 6abc. On the show, the parents decided to "take back their house." This entailed doing radical things like ordering the kind of pizza they like, instead of what their kids like. The Mom refused to drive her son to school when he missed the bus and made him walk. She also refused to bring his lunch to school when he left it at home. The parents took over the TV remote and watched shows they wanted to instead of kids' fare. And they - gasp! - even went out alone on a week night.