It's not easy being a parent. All too often parents get caught trying to be the hip, older friend of the child rather than the one who ultimately has to teach him or her the differences between right and wrong.
Take as an example this story of a fellow Glendale resident.
In early August, this fellow had sent his three children a letter, carefully defining and detailing their less-than-considerate behavior. The father, who sees his children every other weekend, had been reluctant to discipline them because he only saw them every other weekend.
As is the case with many divorced "weekend parents," the time to discipline constructively is often over-ruled by the strong desire to make the short amount of time as fun and conflict-free as possible. But a series of events had reached a boiling point within the father's house, and he could not abide by the general disrespect among other things. It was time for his children to know it.