Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?
Quandary Resolution 534
sycophant, ancillary, homogeneous, vicissitude
Loose social networks and strong individual identities of children have put an end to families as homogeneous units, bringing about a vicissitude in the life of parents: they are forced into an ancillary role in the upbringing of their own children, and are sometimes reduced to sycophants while attempting to persuade.
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