Why your Mum shouldn't be your best friend
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This week Terri and Ruth Davies appeared on This Morning to discuss their unusual mother-daughter relationship. Mother Ruth regularly goes out with her daughter. By going out, she does not mean shopping, visiting a spa or watching the latest chick flick, she means taking her 17-year-old partying at the latest clubs. Ms Davies argues that her approach is simply a preventative measure and says: “Teri started drinking behind my back when she was 14 so I decided to take over and take responsibility for my daughter.” However, there is a part of me that suspects that she is joining a growing clan of mothers befriending their daughters as part of a plan to cling on desperately to their youth. BBC 3’s Hotter Than My Daughter, which last aired in 2010, played on this unnatural ambition by providing a platform on which mutton could parade about as lamb. The daughters – who were mostly mortified by their mothers’ skimpy clothing and arrogant attitudes – struggled to be confident due the overbearing shadow of their mums. It seems to me very sad that a mum can be so desperate to achieve her own ambitions that she fails to notice when she hinders the success of her children.
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