Notes on Parenting

Insights for parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being a Friend to Your Child

I have heard many people say that it is not a parent's place to be a friend to their children. I beg to differ with this thought process. I think it is critical for parents to be friends to their children. President Ezra Taft Benson of the LDS church said, "Take time to be a real friend to your children." I think this is a great piece of advice. Think about the qualities you personally look for in a friend. This list would probably include some or all of the following:

  • someone who spends time with you and you enjoy being with
  • someone who shows affection to you
  • someone who praises and compliments you
  • someone who teaches you new skills
  • someone who talks to you often
  • someone who listens
I think these are all important ways we can be a friend to our children. How else can we better parent and be respected by our children than to practice the qualities mentioned above? I personally want to be someone my children consider to be a friend, someone they trust and want to talk to. To be a friend doesn't mean that we always bail our children out and that we let them get away with everything. I think it means a truer, deeper friendship that develops out of respect and love.
Do you think parents can be a friend to to their children? Do you consider your own parents your friends?

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