Parenting seems to be a balancing act between being too rigid and too relational. Mark Gregston shares about this tightrope walk we parents have done in the current and previous generations:

The “Baby Boom” generation was so anxious to have good relationships with their children that they tended to set aside their primary role as parents.  Their desire to be their child’s best friend nurtured the advent of a self-centered, demanding, “Me Generation” who believes the world revolves around them.  But there’s hope!

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It’s worth reading Gregston’s article entitled: Balanced Parenting