I'm very close to my family and since my Dad was never around when I was a kid, being an only child to a single mom changes that standard relationship to something more.

I was reading this article at The Odyssey Online where the author was describing how their Mom is their best friend and that they get a lot of backlash for it. You always hear that parents should be parents and not try to be friends with their children. In some cases that may be good advice but not with me. As far back as I could remember it's just been me and my Mom. Sure, I have a great family and cousins who are like siblings but nothing beats the relationship I have with my Mom, she really is my best friend.

Jessica Sims, Townsquare Media
Jessica Sims, Townsquare Media

Friends come and go, relationships end and change but nothing beats the connection you have with your mother. In the article, the author writes that "Without my Mom, I would be nothing" and I feel like that's true for me as well. She's taught me everything I know, taught me to be the person I am today and stuck by me through some really challenging times in my life.

I've never been the type of girl who has a "best friend" in the common sense of the word but I've always had my Mom and maybe that's why. When I think of something I want to do, when my boyfriend isn't available, I always ask my Mom. When I'm sad, the first person I turn to is my Mom. I get a lot of backlash saying that I'm in my late-20s and my Mom shouldn't be my best friend but she's my biggest supporter, someone I can always turn to no matter what, knows me better than anyone- doesn't that sound like just how you'd describe your best friend?

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