Everyday Grace

Five Grace-Killing Lies Our Parents Told Us (and We Probably Tell Our Kids)

June 1, 2015
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Here are five grace-killing lies our parents told us growing up that, more than likely, we are telling our kids as well.
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3. “I’m your parent, not your friend”

stern parentWell, this might not be a lie to your child; it might represent reality. The lie lies in this when it’s given as advice; “Be a parent, not a friend.” Be the parent is good advice. It means be an authority on life your child can rely on and look out for their safety. But be a friend as well! Why? A friend is someone that you can tell your secrets to. A friend is someone who you trust to influence your life and decisions. A friend is someone that shares the same interests (or loves to hear about, support, and takes an interest in your interests.) A friend is someone who knows what you’re going through because they are going through it too or they have gone through it. Or, at the very least, they are willing to try and understand and give you time and support as you’re going through it. So how exactly is defriending your child beneficial again?

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3. “I’m your parent, not your friend”

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