5. Do Not Give in to a Child Because You Want to Be a โ€œcoolโ€ Parent

Bridging a generation gap is not about forming a friendship with your children, or being the type of parent that you wish you had. It is about opening yourself and your child up so that you can have an honest and open relationship where you guide them (instead of forcing them).

It is about open communication that is unhindered by social misunderstandings or cultures in opposition to your own. Do not give in to your child because it will make you more popular. Your child has been groomed to be moody, sad, upset, and hate you if they do not get what they want. They are also groomed (by mass media, friends, and family members) to act ecstatically happy and โ€œLove you foreverโ€ if they get what they want. You must not play into their hands.