Here is the rub with being a parent. You cannot be friends with your child. And when I was a babysitter back in the day, I got to play and play and play all day, but as a mom, I have so many more responsibilities that playing is not what I spend the majority of my time doing, not to mention all the unexpected interruptions that happen in the day as well.
Currently, Speed Racer is in a whiny phase. He asks for something, and as if I have not heard him at all, he begins whining, sometimes screaming for his request to be fulfilled at the very moment he has asked for it. And then, he gets mad, throws a fit, possibly hits anyone in his rampage path. The last thing in that moment I want to do is give him what he has requested, not because I did not want to give it to him. No, usually, I do intend to fulfill his request, although, I can rarely do what he desires immediately. When he begins flailing around, he shows a lack of respect and a lack of trust. Oddly, I have given him no reason to distrust me in this area. I have repeatedly told him that he will not get what he wants if he whines, screams, or anything similar. For the parent / child relationship to be at its best, the child has to give proper respect to the parent or authority. When he asks sweetly and waits patiently, I want to give him what he asks.
Speed Racer and I are not equals, and he has to place me in my rightful position, and I have to place him in his. I could give him what he wants, but I would never gain the respect that I deserve as his mom. Instead, he would continually come to me repeatedly behaving in the same way never learning to submit his requests to me and wait and to trust in whatever I decide.
I have been studying prayer and my relationship to God is very similar. The first and last aspect of the Lord's prayer are coming to the Father and "hallowing his name." If I am just coming to God and whining and not respecting Him for who He is and realizing my position before Him, why in the world would He turn his ear toward me? I am just a mom, and He is God. If I deserve an inkling of respect as a mother, then He deserves an infinite more amount of respect as we approach Him.