1. Friendship should be a subdivision of parenting and not a separate entity.
2. If you don’t act as though you’re in charge, your children won’t respect you.
3. Children can spot a fake easily. Be authentic.
4. If you’re not parenting them then who is?
5. There’s a line of authority between children and adults, and once you cross it, kids get confused – they will retest those boundaries.
6. Using your children as confidantes could place an unnecessary burden on them.