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Jane Asher’s tips for a great mother/daughter relationship

The cake-making expert and actress Jane Asher appears with her grown-up daughter Katie Scarfe in new London play The Gathered Leaves. So how does Jane maintain a brilliant mother/daughter relationship?

© Saga Magazine / Pål Hansen
Jane Asher © Saga Magazine / Pål Hansen

Never dance or get drunk in front of your daughter. Unless, of course, it’s absolutely necessary! 

Yes, it’s OK to let her borrow your clothes, but probably wise to keep well away from hers. 

Never criticise her partner unless he (or she) is clearly making her very unhappy. And, even then, you need to approach with caution. 

Always try to be her mum rather than her ‘best friend’. A good mum will automatically be her daughter’s best friend... things like that are included in the package. 

It’s tempting, but don’t burden her with your worries unless you know she can really help. 

If your daughter wants to try acting, make sure it’s her decision and that it fits in around school and real life. Don’t let her get wrapped up in the showbiz bubble. 

Above all, as my mother did for me, let her know that you’ll love her forever. No matter what! 

Jane  Asher and Katie Scarfe appear in new play The Gathered Leaves at The Park Theatre, London from July 15.

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