I think a lot of this is water under the bridge. But I must take a moment on my soapbox to say that no child needs his or her parent to be their "buddy." Those kids are invariably the ones who end up in some sort of a pickle. Sooner rather than later. I am a human, and I am as flawed as the next guy. But my kids are awesome. Other parents even tell me so. They are awesome, and I like to think that their father and I may have had something to do with it. Just a little bit. Okay...as you were.
You Will Be a Cool Parent
You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting, and you know what kids need.
You can tell when it's time to let kids off the hook, and when it's time to lay down the law.
While your parenting is modern and hip, it's not over the top.
You know that there's nothing cool about a parent who acts like a teenager... or a drill sergeant!
And, yes, Baby Bird, I know my sentence structure is no good. Anybody want to weigh in here?