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Is Being Friends With Mom a Bad Idea?

Relationships between mothers and their children have always been complicated, but according to an article in Reuters yesterday, the growing number of moms who want to be best friends with their children is only making things worse. The article quotes Stephen Poulter, a clinical psychologist focusing on family relationships, saying:

I need the parents to recognize that they are not their child's friend and get their kids' respect and then the kids can separate from their mother and move forward in their life and not feel they are responsible for their mother.

I'm no expert in this subject, so although I do agree that a mother/child relationship in which the mother is dependent on her child for friendship is likely to lead to emotional issues, I do think creating a friendship with your mom as an adult can be a good thing. Does your own experience echo the expert's opinion? Is being friends with your mom a bad idea?


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