Be a Parent Not a Friend
Friends are awesome, but YOU are not a friend when it comes to your teen. Sure, it may sometimes seem like you can play that role when you’re lending an empathetic ear or cheering them on, but friends don’t set boundaries for their friends (and you need to be able to do that). They also need you to be stable and present. So express your love for them. Let them know that you’re cheering them on. And you even want to grab a slice of pizza with them and hear about their day, as their parent.