I have heard that you should not be friends with your children. They should know who is "boss." I personally disagree. I was friends with my mum. I was also a daughter to my mum. We had a relationship I could only hope I will have with my children. I may be going about it the wrong way, but I am rolling with it. Parenthood is a bit hit and miss and I have no doubt my mum missed a few hits. But I can say she hit a home run with me. I have nothing but true respect and love for her.
I bought a bracelet for Keely and one for myself last week from Pulp. I gave Keely hers and showed her that I had one too. She instantly said, "oh mum these are friendship bracelets!"
That they are. That is what we are. We are friends and we are mother and daughter.