Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Experts: Don’t be parent and friend: “Parents should definitely be parents,” said Christy Buchanan, professor of psychology at Wake Forest University and an expert on parent-child relationships, when asked about singer Billy Ray Cyrus’ troubled relationship with this pop-star daughter, Miley.…There are repercussions for relinquishing the parental role in favor of being “just a friend.”

Those include increased problem behavior and lower academic and social success.

“Children also will not necessarily appreciate or respect parents who play only the friend role — so although being ‘the parent’ can create conflict in the short term, in the long term the parent-child relationship is likely to be better when parents give children the [loving] guidance and discipline children need in order to succeed in the world,” she said.

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