“Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart.”
Don’t train up a child and that child will break your heart. Foundations are foundations for a reason and familial order exists for a reason. A parent’s responsibility to raise (train) a child is critical and paramount for that child to experience life successes. If that duty is met, no matter pitfalls, trials, and tribulations, that child’s training will be engrained subconsciously and will not depart. Be concerned with parenting and the friendship with your child will inherently come with greater reward. A friend cannot be a parent but a parent CAN be a friend.