A parent's job is to provide emotional and physical security to their children, which may mean imposing boundaries and limits. One mother, Christina Crawford, was celebrating her son's birthday when her son expressed disappointment at receiving concert tickets instead of a phone. He claimed all his friends had one.
She explains, "My job as a parent is to provide emotional and physical security to my children, which sometimes entails having boundaries in potentially dangerous areas, like exposure to the internet and technology."
She notes that she was not judging other parents who have made different decisions. She also emphasized that although she is strict, she also allows her children to make their own decisions when appropriate, but she does "prioritize their health and safety over them “liking” me and thinking I’m their buddy or the “coolest” mom."
Ultimately, she plans to continue enforcing the boundaries that will keep her kids safe and happy, even if her children don't like it.
Read more here (via Scary Mommy)