What do you say? Should we as parents ever consider being friends with our children? I've heard great reasons for being their friend and parent at the same time and I've heard many reasons not to be their friend.
Where is the instruction manual that came with being a parent? Do you believe your parents did a good, great, or excellent job with you? Did they have the world class parent education that has eluded many other people? Or were they handed the parenting manual because they lived near the lake, mountains, or rivers.
So if we look at the bigger picture of what is less confusing for our children, shouldn't we just let them know that we are parent! We believe it's an honorable title. We believe that if you give your children the perception that you can be their friend, that we as a friend can only tolerate them so much. Is this true? Friends can often leave and turn their back on you on a dime, but a parent won't. Friends can divulge your inner most secrets where parents will guard them with their life. Friends will often betray you for other goods and services, but parents are loyal to the end.
It's great to have many friends, but parents are one of a kind! Even if they aren't biologically your parents, they usually take in the same loyalty to guide you and be there for you through thick and thin!
With that said, "Put a little MaxPower into your life!"