Within my private practice, I think I repeat that phrase many, too many, times each week when providing parent coaching.
Unfortunately, in parenting, the pendulum has swung in the opposite extreme and many parents have lost control over their home and their family. We are not our children's friends, nor was that ever the intention. Yes, we want our children to like us, even love us, and to be happy, but we must maintain boundaries along the way. We make the rules and they are not negotiable.
The outcome of poor boundaries and the lack of an authority figure/parent is children with anxiety and depression. Our children become empowered, and they are not capable of handling that power. They become scared and feel alone in a world that is big and boundary-less.
On July 25, 2014, I spoke with Marie Bailey of Mom Talk Radio about this very topic. Listen here
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles