At Play Place, the library, or a soccer practicewhen parents talk, you hear a lot of frustration. And hurt. Parents, jokingly and seriously, share exasperation in how their children treat them. With parents trying so hard, what is going wrong? The answer may lie in expectations.In 2013 research from Berkley noted that 54% of parents listed their children among their best friends. These parents saw their children much more as peers than as under their authority.