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Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

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Be a Mother, Not a Friend


Even if you and your daughter are thick as thieves and comfortable sharing things, there's a line between mother and friend. Don't cross it. This young woman who lives under your roof may seem like a built-in confidante and wardrobe buddy — but she's your kid. Don't buy her beer or keep loose rules to feel like the "cool mom," don't share bathing suits or skinny jeans with her (there are plenty of trendy options for 40+ women these days!), and don't unload your marital problems on her. When your child realizes you have crossed the mom/friend line, she might come to resent you for not maintaining the boundaries most of her friends enjoy with their parents. Plus, maintaining clear roles as mother and daughter will make your empty nesting and her transition to college or the real world more bearable.

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