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Should your parents be your friends?
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Posted 9/4/08
Friends are the family you get to choose for yourself.

Neway > a parent should always be a parent first and foremost. But, when the child has grown up I don't see the harm. Although, I would say that, that is very rare. I don't think I'll ever be friends with my parents, all i seem to want to do now is get away from them. But I know that for a lot of people, just the opposite is true.
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Posted 9/16/09
NO.................
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Posted 9/16/09 , edited 9/16/09
Good topic.

Yeah, I think so.

I mean, they'll always be parents first and foremost, but its nice to be able to actually sit down and talk to them as if they were your friend.

If a problem ever occurs and we try and turn to them to help solve it and they give us the "parent act", we'll pull away and eventually start to distance ourselves from them. Children don't start lying out of nowhere.
Posted 9/16/09
It's all up to you. Children often forget that their parents were children once too and they often forget that they're only human. My mum has always told me that I should learn to treat her more as my mum than a friend but I believe that everyone should be treated equally so just because I speak to my parents the same way that I do to my friends doesn't mean I respect them less.

I've always had really good relations with my parents and I always believed it's because I always tell them everything...up to a point...honesty is always best with parents. I wouldn't say you can be friends with them ever because they will never look at you that way but I find that with my friends, I sometimes see my parents in them.
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Posted 9/16/09
My mother is like my friend.
My father is my father
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Posted 9/16/09
maybe yes?
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26 / F / along with ...
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Posted 9/16/09
yes .. my mother is my best friend

but my father no , he doesn't talk to us too much

but I love them both
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Posted 9/16/09
Yeah, I think it's ok if they are.
But they should still act like parents when the time comes~
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29 / F / Canada
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Posted 9/16/09
I see no problem with that but not the buddy-buddy type, perhaps older mentor type.
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Posted 9/16/09
You should at least not be enemies with them.
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Posted 9/16/09
I think parents should be your friends. Maybe when you're young, it's harder because you're not at their level yet, but once you're older, a parent's friendship is the most trustworthy one you can have.

I'm friends with my parents, and I talk to them as I would talk to a friend, with a few limitations.
Posted 9/16/09
no i don't think of my parents as friends. a better term is a supporter, not a friend.

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I still have trouble talking to my mom and dad about love situations >.>
Posted 9/29/09
They should be your parents. ^____^ But, it wouldn't hurt to be a friend, once in a while.





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Posted 9/29/09
Well, they turn into a friend as you get older. I'll admit, I'm not totally at the friend level yet, but my sisters are.
Posted 9/29/09 , edited 9/29/09
There is nothing wrong with being friends with your parents, so long as they don't try so hard to be "just" a friend and forget about their parental responsibilities. To consider one or both of your parents as friends, means talking to them about certain topics comes much easier. Both parties benefit; you get more friends, and your parents may possibly trust you and your decisions more. Yet parents also need to know when to stop being a friend and act like your parent. Thats where some get carried away is because they haven't found the right boundary between the two. I mean seriously, the last thing we need is more Dina Lohans.

I consider both of my parents to be my best friends, yet they know when to act like parents. I can trust them, talk to them about whatever, and yet still go to them for advice. Win/win situation.


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