Dear Son,

Dear Son, We Can’t Be Friends | The Dear Son, Show | Ep 71 #fatherhood #nofriendzone #parenting

June 20, 2023

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I have a tough time understanding why some parents introduce their child as their best friend. I’m not talking about an adult parent and adult child, but literal kids (toddlers in some cases). There are so many barriers to creating that kind of relationship in my mind, but this conversation may have changed that. 

There are several circumstances that yield single parenthood. I can understand how parent-child friendships form when they are all they’ve got, or at least they spend a significant amount of time together. How does the friendship line get crossed though? What are those conversations like with a child or adolescent best friend?

This conversation isn’t condemning or condescending. It does; however, provoke thought about the boundaries of parent-child friendships. For instance, discipline shouldn’t be discarded for the sake of the friendship. Also, the child shouldn’t assume that the parent is a peer based on the relationship behavior. A big one for me is ensuring that the child maintains a healthy respect for the parent and other adults. Forgoing any of these could set the child up for a rude awakening when they enter the adult world outside of the house. 

In this episode we provide our perspectives on the importance of being a parent first and provide some real-time conclusions that will spark conversations in your mind and home. Our experiences are different, so our recommendations differ, but they align, nonetheless. Our conversations are unapologetically conducted through the lens of fatherhood because that’s the only experience we’ve had. We welcome the enhancing perspectives of all. 

We learned quite about ourselves during this dialogue, and that’s typical. Hopefully, a point or two will prompt you to have similar meaningful discussions in your home. We highly recommend that you consume the entire episode for the best results. Also, meet us in the comments or tag us with your opinion on social media via the links below. As always, we welcome your perspective. It takes a village. 

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