Hard cop role

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Deepurple

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In parenting context, what is "You have to share the hard cop role"?

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This is taken from so much 'cop' series on TV. It has nothing to do directly with parenting.
You have a subject to be interrogated; two cops are involved; the first one adopts a soft approach and then, not succeeding, the second cop adopts the hard approach, and so on.

Perhaps this has been adopted in some parenting advice so that each parent takes on the hard role, instead of one parent always being hard and the other always soft.
 

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In AmE, it's referred to as "good cop/bad cop." In a typical interrogation scenario, one officer is kind and sympathetic, while second one is hard-nosed and accusatory.

In a parenting situation, the "hard cop" is the parent who is going to dole out the punishment. Often, the parent who constantly gets pushed into this role resents it; "I'm tired of always being the 'bad guy' - why can't you discipline the children for a change?"
 
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