• A thought-provoking read. To be honest, I continue quite undecided between the 2 sides of the coin of parenting – what’s better, being parents or being friends to your children. I guess a golden mean between the two kinds of relationships will be ideal. (But nothing is ideal, and certainly not in parenting) I wish my child feels free to talk to me without fear of reprimand/judgement so I want to be his Friend. But a mother’s heart says I would equally want him to understand my ‘no’ for an answer, which can perhaps happen only if he regards me as a Parent. Just trying my best to do the best. Wonderful article!