My kids found an old cell phone at the park the other day. I would just have chucked it in the nearest garbage can, but my 8-year old was adamant that he get to keep it.
The roles that our children will feel most comfortable playing are often not within our control, and forcing them into the roles we think best usually just causes conflict.
Our family tries to celebrate birthdays in ways that are meaningful rather than commercial.
Sometimes in our house relatively simple issues end up escalating far further than necessary.
When it comes to more fundamental questions of ethics, morality, faith, and belief, I want to encourage my kids to explore these things for themselves.
My eldest son has night terrors when he's feverish.