Here’s a disclaimer that will likely become obvious quite quickly : I don’t have children.
I hope to, someday, and I fully expect to look back at this, smile, shake my head, and smirk about how hopelessly clueless and naive I was. Opinions are supposed to change as we grow and learn, after all, that’s kind of how the whole life thing works. Knowing that your view might change, though, doesn’t invalidate today’s perspective.
From where I stand today, it appears that many people, when they become parents, embrace their new identity to such a great extent that they abandon much of their previous life, and the relationships they cultivated in it. The role of Parent expands to consume so much time and energy that there is not much left for the role of Friend.
Parents, put down the pitchforks and hear me out on this.