Manager Too Nice?

A question for Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss who is a friend of the family and consequently won’t correct me.

At the frozen yogurt shop that I worked at over the summer, and plan to work at again this summer, my manager treats me as a friend. She is very close with my mom and she loves me. I feel that she doesn’t feel comfortable reprimanding me, or telling me when I am wrong. She does not want me to think of her differently. Although I never want to be told that I am wrong, I do want to know if I am doing something wrong. I get embarrassed because no one takes the time to teach me. She does not mind me asking questions, but I want to know. I do not know how to go about the situations. She is in charge, yet she does not necessarily act like it. I want to have someone that I can ask questions to.

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