For many parents, having a strong relationship with their kids is important. Parents want their kids to feel comfortable and provided for.
Strong relationships are good things; however, if parents are accepting or providing the wrong stuff in order to have that good relationship with their kids, things can get bumpy. Maybe instead of strong relationships, you should aim for healthy relationships with your kids.
Healthy Relationships with Your Kids
We’ve been taught that the key to raising great kids is developing strong relationships with them. Many of us think this is a guarantee against all evil onslaughts, keeping Junior on the straight and narrow. But is that true?
Many parents allow their kids to do, see, and hear things they shouldn’t—all for the sake of preserving a strong relationship. This is a huge mistake, especially in-light of all the addictive activities and substances that are systemic to American life these days.
There are a lot of otherwise good relationships strained by dereliction and addiction. Parents who buy their kids liquor; for example, may have strong relationships with them, but like the proverbial “wrong crowd,” they’re not healthy ones.
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