I grew up in a single mother household. My mother had a short temper and if she felt you were out of line you got your ass whipped. There were no tantrums, rolling your eyes, stomping on the stairs as you climbed them, slamming your bedroom door in anger, cursing in front of adults or even calling them by their first names. If she had to ask you (twice) to do something you were in trouble. Her house, her rules!
We were (expected) to wash dishes, clean our own bedrooms, take out the trash, mow the lawn and oftentimes cooked our own meals. I was the eldest and thereby was expected to be born "knowing better" than my two younger brothers My mother was a registered nurse who worked various shifts at the hospital.
There are those who would say I had an awful childhood and some days I would agree. However when I look at a lot of the family issues today when teens are running the household and parents are afraid of them I can see where to many people have tried to befriend their children in place of parenting them.
During the 80s I was doing research on an organization called Toughlove which is essentially a support group for parents who have lost control of their households. Some of the couples attending one meeting were having issues with kids as young as 6 years old. I can only imagine the issues they'd face when their daughter reached 16. I personally chose not to have children but if I had I believe I would have been more like mother with some exceptions. Overall I believe kids should have a strict upbringing that becomes less restrictive overtime as they display maturity. The role of a parent it is to prepare their child to be an independent self-reliant contributing member of society. I guess my mother succeeded.