Following are the top five reasons you shouldn't try to be your teen daughter's BFF
Seriously, ladies, your 17 year old daughter may be able to wear a pair of sweat pants that have "Juicy" or "Pink" scribbled across the booty, but you shouldn't. Period. Even if you put in the hours at the gym to earn that title, the look belongs to the younger crowd. Which is exactly why you shouldn't be your teen daughter's BFF. Best friends share clothes. And these are not the kind of clothes you should be borrowing.
Sure, you know best. It goes without saying that you always know best. You're Mom! Regardless, her best friend needs to be the one to tell her that the guy who just dumped her is a loser…as her best friend, as a peer and as an equal. You need to be there to tell her she can do better, as a caring, protective mom. There's a difference and your daughter knows it, even if you're filling the role of her BFF.
And do you really want your daughter borrowing your favorite so-expensive-it-still-makes-you-feel-guilty-for-buying-it designer purse? Didn't think so.
While it's true that not all mom-daughter relationships stand the test of time, you hope that yours does. Best Friends Forever aren't always forever. Being cool now isn't worth being obsolete later.
And as her mom, you are, without a doubt, one of the most important people in her life…even if she doesn't know it. Now more than ever, she needs your guidance, love and role modeling. No matter how much you might wish it were possible, you can't fulfill those duties if you're trying to be her best buddy at the same time. The truth is that you can be her best friend…later. When your daughter finishes growing up and after she finds her way in life, you will have an opportunity to cultivate a wonderful friendship with her. Until then, do your job: Be a mom.
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