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A family sitting down together and talking about important thoughts, situations, and issues is certainly not a new idea--it has been practiced for centuries. It is an idea, however, that needs to be put to work in the present day.

1. Do you treat your child better, worse or about the same as you treat your best friend?

2. Does your child have equal status as a person with the adults in your family?

3. Do you assign chores and times to do them, or does your child help in the planning?

4. Do you try to make decisions about your child's recreational activities, times to study and what clothing to buy and wear?

5. Do you want to create feelings of trust, competency and independence in your child?

If you answer any of the first four questions with a "no," and the last question with a "yes," you may want to consider regularly holding a family council meeting.