What parent hasn't told her son or daughter, "No more sweets until you clean your room," only to grab some M&Ms to munch on herself, knowing good and well the sink is full of dirty dishes with her name on them?
But what about telling her son or daughter to not get in a vehicle driven by a driver who has been drinking -- when she herself has ridden with a driver who had a drink or two?
"Do as I say, not as I do" isn't a strong parenting tool. I know, because this didn't work with my son Cole. When Cole was 19, just one year after his high school graduation, he was killed while riding with a drunken driver.
Call it mother's intuition, but I knew the moment Cole was born that he would be a handful. He was my little stinker, always keeping me on my toes and making me laugh. He was incredibly adorable. His big blue eyes could get him out of almost anything.