It's a question that all parents struggle with, especially as their kids grow older: Is it ever OK to be friends with your kids?
"You want to be close to your kids. You want to love them; you want to be available to them; you want to have a relationship with them; you want them to feel free to come and talk to you about certain issues," Drobnick says, "but it's still different than a friendship."
To echo the argument, Doares says, "Being friends makes it harder to parent."
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