Be his father, not his friend.
If you don’t understand the difference, imagine his confusion when
you try and discipline him.
It’s much, much easier to be a friend than a dad.
Dads say no, dads make rules, dads demand standards of behavior, dads do the discipline.
Dads model honor, self-respect, sacrifice, and the importance of faith.
But dads should never miss a chance to play with their kids, have fun with their kids, chase their kids, wrestle with their kids, take them to games, fairs, concerts, zoos, and teach them the difference between a ladybug and a June bug. But the lines of demarcation should be clear all through their teen years.
Because kids don’t need a friend 30 years older. They need a dad.
When my son suffered the consequences of unacceptable behavior by being grounded for a summer, he looked at me dejectedly and said, “I thought you were my friend.” I gently had to tell him, “Son. I’ve never been your friend. I always will be your dad.”
Taken from Page IX, Father to Son Life, Life Lessons On Raising a Boy.