Brandy has always been open about the importance of having a friendship with her daughter.
“A lot of mothers feel like they’re the mom first, with that authority,” she said. “But for me, I’m a friend first. I believe that just being there for my daughter as a friend more than ‘I’m in charge…’ causes her to be more open with me as a person.”
“I know I’ll probably get flack for being a friend first, but it really works,” she added. “[Sy’rai]’s really honest with me. I’m just teaching her how to trust herself. I tell her all the time that my life is not your life — you have your own life.”
“At the end of the day we’re going to be friends,” she added. “When she grows up, it’ll be about that friendship that we’ll have. She’ll come to me for any problems that she has.”