Good point about others dominating the discourse–that’s an imbalance and essentially corrupts the conversation. It could be that the compact with the world doesn’t / can’t include our silence. Nor dose it permit others to silence us because it suits THEM. In an imbalanced situation I think it’s the duty of decision makers to be open to feedback. If they aren’t then you have to balance the risk of confrontation with being open–what will it cost me?

As for parenting, you’ll never come to a full agreement with a child. Teach them that the world is consistent and predictable they’ll never grow. Maybe you could tell Hoda you are the boss for Wednesday mornings?