I just had a quick conversation with my daughter and she said something that I thought was funny.
Never have I been a stereotypical mom. When other mom's were telling their children to be careful and not take chances, I was telling mine to test their limits and burn the candle on both ends. I never wanted them to wonder what could have been when the only thing that held them back was themselves. Also, it irritated me to see teenagers who acted like they were middle-aged. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a 'no rules' mom, in fact, my family thought I was strict.
Anyway, my daughter asked a question and when I answered, she said, "Okay, that's your mom answer, what do you really think?"
It's nice when they can see me as their mom and a person.