Growing up, it can feel like your parents are sometimes the enemy. They’re there to enforce rules — telling you when to eat, how to eat, and what to eat, but also graciously making sure we always eat. When I was 11, my parents probably wouldn’t have been too bothered if I decided to run away — I was a pain, a fact they have no problem reminding me of to this day. But fortunately, I grew out of my bratty adolescence and can now say my parents are truly my best friends.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment they became some of my closest confidants, but I’d be hardpressed to find anyone who has my back the way those two do. Here’s a look at how parents can ultimately become your best buds.