As the plaintiff and defense each state their case, bring in their witnesses and debate the minutia, there is a great level of civility, formality and order. They don't say, "Order in the court," for nothing, as it turns out.
As counsel present his or her case, opposing counsel is to wait (as patiently as is possible) for the question to be asked in its entirety before "objection, your Honor," can be uttered allowed. We hear each side, listen to the evidence presented, and soon we'll deliberate and draw our final conclusion.
This is not that different from what parenting should be. But how often have you rushed to make a judgement before hearing all the evidence? And then the guilty party is wrongly accused, feelings are crushed and a unfair verdict rendered? I know I've done it, with all my kids.
At the dinner table last night, I proudly told my family that being a juror has taught me to be a better listener, to really listen. I thought my kids would be thrilled to hear this but they seemed rather dismissive actually. I was surprised but remained unfettered. I feel like when the kids argue, they just need to present their evidence. I'll strive to remain impartial but, as is true in court, some counsels are more challenging than others, especially when presenting a false argument.
Still, my latest idea is to begin each morning stating, 'All rise, the Honorable Judge Breuner is now in the kitchen..." You get the idea. I think I'll try and adopt the new title, Your Honor, and see how it goes. Jury is now dismissed, it's time to go home.