Jochen and Helga Metzger put their 10- and 13-year-old children in charge of the family for four weeks, coming out the other end having begged for pocket money and gone to work without any lunch.
Although things were tight financially with the kids in charge, and Helga was once banned from watching television for "cheeky behaviour," it seems the Metzgers got off lightly.
Other children suddenly put in charge of their family might send their parents to bed and stay up all night watching vampire films – or blow the shopping budget on a pony.
The weekly walk in the country might be replaced with a mandatory trip to the theme park for scary rides, while teeth-brushing and hair-washing would likely be abandoned.
So did the Metzger children's unusual restraint just reflect their characters, or did the experiment reveal deeper truths about child - and adult - psychology?
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