But while a mother and daughter relationship should be strong should it be that intimate? Some daughters openly say they share everything with their mother, even down to the details of their sex life, but how insulting and disrespectful is that then to their husband? It would surely lead to a lack of trust from your chosen life partner.
Unlike a best friend, a mother and daughter relationship is permanent, which makes it naturally more intense. But if your mum's your best friend, who's your mother? Children need a parent, not another friend. Can a mother really be objective when their best friend is their daughter? As Yasmin Le Bon said in a recent interview, "There are things you just have to say to your child that a best friend never would."
But while this all seems like 'mother bashing' it isn't. A mother shouldn't be their child's best friend but they can, and should, always be their friend. When times are tough it should be mother who gets the call, whatever the time of day. When you're homeless and penniless a mother will take you in without judging you. That commitment and love is unconditional. A prime example comes from prison visitor statistics; yep, it's mum who travels for hours every week for those few minutes together.
Everyone has a mother and no mother has ever been perfect. While this relationship will always be intimate and unique a best friend is someone else.