I know that doesn't sound cool...it's not. And yes, I understand that it takes hard work to be a parent. Sometimes it's downright unpleasant. You will have to say 'no', and you'll have to make some pretty tough decisions that your children will not like. In fact, they may even hate you for it. Trust me though...it will be temporary, and they really need that from you. In the end they will love and thank you.
We must understand that our children can find friends and buddies anywhere, but good parents...well, that's very hard to come by these days. So, be brave. Do the tough thing. Parent up. You, they and the rest of us will be glad you did.
Take Away: Your children do not need you to be their friend, their pal, or their buddy...but, they do desperately need you to be their parent.