It is amazing how many parents seem to be afraid that their kids will not like them as friends. An acquaintance of ours glanced at her daughter’s open diary one day — “I wasn’t really snooping,” she said, “it was just lying there and I couldn’t help it.” What she read took her breath away because it was about experimentation with drugs and with sex. She couldn’t tell if some of it was about things that had already happened or that were being thought about.
Our children need us to be their parents, not their friends.
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