Should You Be Friends With Your Kids?

385willsmithjaden Should You Be Friends With Your Kids?

Parents often struggle with wanting to be friends with their kids, while trying to maintain some sort of authority in the relationship. What’s the best way to go about keeping control, and having a good relationship with your kids?

(CBS) Is it ever a good idea to be friends with your children?

In our new “Eye on Parenting” series, “Early Show” contributor and child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein said parents who become too friendly with their kids are in “dangerous waters.”

She said, “I think in a lot of families there’s a lot more in common. Kids are waching the same shows as their parents, listening to the same music. But as a result, there’s this really fine line that’s being crossed. It’s good to be friends with your kids, but the best friend — being involved in everything — it’s a little dangerous.”

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