Conventional parenting wisdom tells us, “You are the parent, not your child’s friend!” This causes a tragic and unecessary loss of connection. Why not be a parent AND a friend? After all, a true friend is anyone you like and trust, someone you listen to for advice and turn to for comfort - all worthy qualities of a parent.
Certainly, we want to be knowable and trustworthy to our children. Being nice, sweet, kind and authentic is important to all relationships. Therefore, aspiring to be seen by your child as a friend – a true friend – is a worthy goal.