Can My Child Be My Friend?

Can My Child Be My Friend?
There are often 2 schools of thought on this:
Authority – No, a child needs a parent, not a friend.
Connection – Yes, being friends with your child creates a close relationship which is a good thing!
Truth – Your child should NOT be your friend. That is an unhealthy burden placed on his shoulders. Your need for friendship should be met elsewhere.
YOU should be your child’s friend.
With this you hold the bulk of the relational load and serve his needs for closeness and support. That is a parent’s job.