Okay, now that I have your attention. I don't think that this is the whole problem with the world. This is just part of the problem.
I think there are too many parents out there that wish to be their child's best friend, instead of being their parent.
Why do people want to be their child's friend? I want my son to like me, yes. But I also know that being his mom is more important than being his friend. I can be tough on him and still show him that I am doing that out of love. That I worry about him and want him to know right from wrong so that when I am no longer right there for him, cause you can't be there for them 24/7 (especially when they are an adult), that I know he will do the right thing no matter what happens.
I want my son to know that even when he does something wrong, that I will love him. No matter what. That doesn't mean that he gets away with what he has done without punishment.
Am I wrong? I want to be my son's mother. A person that he knows will love him no matter what. That when something happens all he has to do is come to me and together we can get through it. I also want him to have friends his own age. Grow up and fall in love.