Many of us go through an angst-y teen phase where we think it’s embarrassing to be friends with our parents, and we think we don’t need them.

At least, I know I did.

However, over the years I’ve come to realize how much I need my mom in my life, and how awesome it is being friends with her.

I’ve gained friends and I’ve lost friends, but the one person who has always been there for me is my mom. I went through a period where I thought my mom was too goofy and noisy about my life. Newsflash 14-year-old self: She’s just concerned and it isn’t a crime to have your mom care about you.

When I lost some of my closest friends, it dawned on me just how awesome and amazing my mother was. When I felt like I was undyingly alone and upset, she was there — blasting her rap music and being a dork, always making make me laugh.

I’ve always been an unapologetic mama’s girl, and as the years have gone by, it’s only gotten worse, and I love it. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t told my mom about. I trust her more than anyone else in the world, because when it comes down to it, she’s the only one who is there for me, day and night. I’ve told my mom about dating and boys, I’ve told her about issues that are about as personal as they get. Guess what? She didn’t judge or lecture me about any of it.

I’ve even told my mom things that I have never told my best friends about, and it’s going to stay that way. The evolution of our mother-daughter relationship is unlike any other relationship out there. As a kid, you’re super close with your mother; she’s your perfect hero. As a teen, she’s the last person you want to hang out with on a Friday night, and all you’re focused on is being independent, wanting your space, and thinking you know it all.

As you become an adult, your mom’s the first person you’d want to hang out with on a Friday night, and Saturday night too.  Really, I beg my mom every weekend to let me come home so I can spend time with her. Most of all, you finally realize that mom was always right. Literally. She was right about everything. (Sorry, mom.)

My mom is the only person in this entire planet that knows every single thing about me, the good and the bad, and after twenty years, she’s still here for me.

Who else could possibly be a better friend for you than your mother? For goodness sake, the woman gave you life, the least you could do is love the heck out of her, the way she’s always loved you. Moms are super heroes in disguise, and I can’t imagine anyone else who I’d want to be as the Batman to my Robin. She’s the one I look up to, after all.

So, mom, this is for you.