Can a parent admit to making a child rearing mistake without insulting their offspring?
Can a parent admit to making a child rearing mistake without insulting their offspring? In a somewhat emotional interview with GQ
, Billy Ray Cyrus talked about where things went wrong in his relationship with his daughter Miley, 18. He said
"How many interviews did I give and say, 'You know what's important between me and Miley is I try to be a friend to my kids'? I said it a lot. And sometimes I would even read other parents might say, 'You don't need to be a friend, you need to be a parent.' Well, I'm the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. I should have been a better parent. I should have said, 'Enough is enough—it's getting dangerous and somebody's going to get hurt.' I should have, but I didn't. Honestly, I didn't know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere."
While Cyrus's sentiment isn't an uncommon one, do you think it was a fatherly thing to say considering that Miley lives in the public eye?