I wonder how many parents find themselves across the river from their children.
"This mother expressed it well when she said, 'It is as if we are standing on opposite sides of a river from them, and are looking across and desperately longing to be together'...Parents and children share a house, but live separate lives with separate activities, separate entertainment, separate work, and separate goals. Parents confine their children, constrain their children, and control their children, but fail to fellowship with them."
If you want to know how to fellowship with your children, read this excellent article (particularly the first half) from Michael Pearl.
Living Parallel Lives in the Same Space