- The research shows that the best outcomes for kids result from having caregivers who have high expectations and enforce limits (as the authority figure), but who also are very warm and nurturing (as a friend is)
- By Tina Payne Bryson
We often hear that we should be an authority figure and not a friend to our children. Something along the lines of “Your child already has lots of friends; she needs you to be the parent.” I think this notion was probably cleverly expressed by someone, and it started getting passed around as gospel without any critical examination. But there is no reason we can’t be both.
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