Oxymoron: Being a parent and your kid’s friend.

A commentary on Billy Cyrus’s interview with GQ that he shouldn’t have tried to be Miley’s friend and disciplined her more.

There are so many conflicting views on the topic of being your child’s best friend. To me, it’s as simple as dictionary terms.

friend n. 1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate 2. an acquaintance or associate 3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter 4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc. 5. a patron or supporter

par·ent n. 1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother. 2. An ancestor; a progenitor. 3. An organism that produces or generates offspring. 4. A guardian; a protector.

oxymoron adj.a rhetorical device or figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite words or concepts are combined for effect.

If that’s not simple enough for you, here it is in some context.

A friend is someone who holds my hair back as I pray to the porcelain gods for the world to stop spinning from a night of too many jaeger bombs and tequila shots. A friend is someone who bails you out of jail. A friend is someone who helps you move furniture in the dead of winter in a snow storm.

A parent is someone who showed you enough sense to know that when you drink jaeger bombs and tequila shots, it’s ok to end up puking your guts out, but not ok to end up in the hospital from alcohol poisoning. A parent is a person who encourages you to make better decisions so you don’t land your ass in jail. A parent is someone who instills the values that remind you to have pizza and beer for your friends when they help you move.

An oxymoron is a parent trying to be their kid’s best friend.

My comments? Aside from don’t throw your kids to the Hollywood wolves no matter how talented they are? That’s another blog post. On being a parent vs. your kid’s best friend? I don’t want to hold Sara’s hair while she pukes. There’s something about changing diapers that turns you off to all excreting bodily fluids. While I’m sure she’ll do all of the crazy teenage, adolescent, stupid stuff we all did, I hope that I’ve raised her to use some common sense, make good decisions, and generally be a good person.

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