How can you sometimes talk to your kids like a friend?

Although parents have responsibilities like teaching new skills or providing consequences, it’s also important to spend time talking with their children as a friend (discussing current events, joking, sharing about your day, talking about shared interests, etc.).  

Avoid grilling them about their day or constantly lecturing them. Would you want a friend to do that to you? Listen to how your child’s friends talk to each other, then sometimes try to talk to your kids like a friend would.

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