Sometimes kids just force you to say no, no matter how nice and friendly a mom you wish to be; for example, my eight year old daughter "Terri", who for the sweetest of reasons (she loves the idea of sitting in front and chatting with her parents) insists that she wants to sit in the passenger seat - the one with the air bag. The answer is still a firm no. Sigh.
Humorously, "Kate", age 4, doesn't seem flustered by seating arrangements one bit. "I'm too cute to sit there, right Mommy?"