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Is it important to be your child's friend?

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Where do you draw the line between being a friend to your child and being their parent?

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by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I love being her friend, but when it is something important, she knows when I have to draw the line that I mean it.

by Silver Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I completely feel the same way... Well said :)

Quoting SlapItHigh:

There's no line for me.  They are two separate things.  I am my child's mother and friend.  Just like I don't have to draw any lines between being my husband's wife and his friend. I'm both.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I have a 8yr old and I'm the mom(parent)..We have fun and hang out but right now i'm the mom..I think relationships grow and change, i look forward to the changes in our relationship.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM
My oldest is only six so right now im still mom. Im sure that at some point in the teen years is when a friendship relationship will begin but i will always be mom and will always provide my two cents.
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by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

My children know I love them and am there for them.  I make sure they know it is okay (in fact good) to confide in me, but not to be wishy washy or let my children do things they know they shouldn't just because I want them to like me. 

by Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 8:43 AM

My job is to parent. I am nice and kind to my children. We have fun together. There is love, but my job isn't to be their friend, it is to be their parent.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I think kids need to know you are their parents not their friends but you also want them to know that they can come talk to about things too. 

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