What's wrong with being your kids' BFF?

It's good to have a healthy relationship with your children, but some parents take it to another level and become their children's "best friend forever".

Redi Tlhabi on Monday invited listeners to share their views on the parent-child relationship in the light of The Telegraph newspaper's report (The trouble with treating your daughter as your best friend) on the effects of this parenting style on children's behaviour.

Listen to the calls below:

A friend of mine went through the same thing... He was married and over 30... He would find himself at his mother's place everyday; he'd have conversations he'd never have with his friends... and he ended up not fulfilling his duties as a father...

John, listener

I know of two relationships where the moms and the young boys are such good friends... ultimately these relationships lead to children not performing at school...

Steve, listener

In my research, I picked up that some parents have turned their children into surrogate spouses... Because they want to see these children as adults, they end up parentifying the child...

Elijah, listener

I'm my mom's BFF (and I'll be turning 30 in December) and it's working out very well... We're just fine; we go everywhere together except if I'm going out with my boyfriend.

Thato, listener

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