Princess is growing up. The other day a friend posted on Facebook a picture of her when she was a flower girl in a wedding-- she was 3. The picture seemed like a different lifetime ago.
Now she is interested in grownup things. She discusses social injustice, books, news, history etc with me. It is a new experience to have a kid that I am relating to on an 'adult' level. I have always given my kids the space to be who they are and make their own choices, giving her this respect has allowed my kids to grow into a their own people.
Princess is now a person I would happily hang out with and be friends with aside from a mother/daughter relationship.
She knows that she does not need to seek my approval- that her approval is good enough.