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Do you find your kids wanting to take charge—even when it’s not a good idea? Below is a family activity about taking charge you can do with your kids. You can read the text as is, or use it as a starting point for your own ideas.

Questions and Discussion

What would you do if you were “in charge” for a day? Let’s imagine what it would be like:

What if you were “Principal for a Day?” Consider these rules then add your own:
  • Come to school only after you’ve slept in as long as you want
  • Every student is allowed one day a week to stay home to play video games
  • Pizza, burgers, french-fries, ice cream, and unlimited pop will be available for lunch daily

What if you were “Store Manager for a Day?” Consider these rules then add your own:
  • All toys are $1 each
  • Buy one candy bar, get one free
  • Taste food before buying it to make sure you like it

What if you were “Parent for a Day?” Consider these rules then add your own:
  • Stay up as late as you want
  • Don’t make your bed in the morning
  • Eat whatever you want, as much as you want, whenever you want
These “rules” might seem fun for a while, but they’re not very realistic, are they? And they’re not very responsible.

As a kid, you can’t be in charge like an adult can. But did you know that there’s something you can be in charge of? You can begin to be in charge of YOU! You can choose when to say “yes” and “no” at the right time. And that’s a lot of what being in charge is all about.

You can say yes to obeying your parents. You can say yes to doing something kind for someone. You can say yes to choosing healthy food and drink to put into your body. You can say yes to doing your homework without being asked. You can say yes to completing your chores in record time. What other things you can say yes to?

And then there are those times when being in charge means saying no. You can say no to cheating in school. You can say no to talking disrespectfully to your parents. You can say no to lying. You can say no to cigarettes. You can say no to alcohol and drugs. What other things can you say no to?

It might sound fun to be in charge like the grown-ups in your life. But life’s a lot more fun when you are in charge of you. That in itself actually makes you feel more grown-up. Because every time you say yes or no at just the right time, you become a stronger person—a person in charge!

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