Can parents really be their child’s friend?
While there is no greater love than that of a parent for a child, that doesn’t make us their best friend. After all, it’s pretty difficult to be your child’s pal when you’re laying down the ground rules. However, Ron Clavier author of Teen Brain, Teen Mind says there can still be a sense of friendship between parent and a teen – just don’t expect to hang out at their parties.
“Of course as parents we should be the friends of our children. That means we care about them, we put them first, we accept them for who they are, we expect them to accept us for who we are, and we would do anything to help a friend. In that respect, of course parents should be the friends of their kids, but not their associates, their colleagues, and their classmates. We have to be willing to hear them and be open to have them come to us. In that regard, absolutely we should be the friends of our kids. But not their associates, not their teammates and their classmates.”
Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.