Ocala : FL : USA | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM PDT
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Having raised two beautiful, gainfully employed, daughters, I feel I'm qualified to give a few pointers on my success.

When both my girls were little, I KNEELED to eye level and simply explained, "I'M the boss and YOU are not!" They chuckled to one another, winked, ending with high-fives...

Being the youngest of two girls, myself, I came to the early conclusion that we have the advantage. As we observe the older one trying to insult the intelligence of our parents, we take notes.

Example: Our father would prepare to leave for work and instruct my 16 year-old sister not to drive the truck AT ALL. Making straight A's all through school without taking a book home, you would think "English" as her first language, that no contract needed to be signed.

Well, no sooner than the exhaust fumes evaporated from our father's car, she was on the phone inquiring on taxi service for her friends.

Now I, not being blessed with book knowledge, but loads of common sence, thought....HUMM...If I were to disobey, I'd memorize where the radio station was tuned in at, the seat position before I adjusted it to fit my needs, the gas gauge measurement, and place sticks where the parking space was originally occupied.

Not my sister! Initially, the truck occupied a space in FRONT of the house. She parked it in BACK!?! The windows that were up originally, now left down, allowing rain to enter. I even believe one of her passengers had left a jacket and her cigarette butts....

Man-O-Man, was my sister insulted when our father accused her of "GRAND THEFT AUTO."

As my children grew, and I now STOOD on my tip toes to stress, "I'M the Boss and YOU are NOT," I noticed the exclamation point changed to a question mark.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my first 22 columns. I have enjoyed writing and sharing them with you. If you feel my column would be an asset to your local newspaper, please email your agency and ask for my feature column "GLAD YOU ASKED.?!" to be added to their media. It has been my pleasure! ENJOY!

mickiphillips is based in Ocala, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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