Michelle Watson's epiphany came just last week as she was celebrating her nineteenth birthday.
'I was looking in the mirror and suddenly I thought - 'Oh, my God! This dress just isn't me and Mum was right about that and everything after all.'
'Boys, clothes, music, hanging out, bingeing, shagging, make-up, illegal substances, partying - Mother was like completely right about it all.
'Oh my God! I realize now how stupid it was of me not to bow to her superior wisdom, born of long experience of life, and to her sensible take on all things affecting her immature silly little daughter.'
Michelle said she now regretted ignoring her mother's advice.
'I suppose I wouldn't now be an obese single mum with a drink problem and hearing loss,' she said, 'and with a criminal record, if I'd listened to my old mum's advice about fast food, the danger of wearing short skirts with see-through knickers, attending three day parties and bingeing, while listening to loud music and inhaling bags of illegal substances.'
Mrs Watson (49) said that when she'd tried to advise Michelle, she'd been dismissed as old fashioned and a fuddy-duddy.
'I suppose it's the way of all young girls to ignore their mother's advice, and Michelle is no exception,' she said. 'But I'm glad she's now seen the error of her ways.
'Truth to tell, it wasn't so much the see-through knickers, shagging, drinking or the drugs that bothered me. No, it was when she said she was thinking of turning her back on the world and becoming a nun. Oh, my God, we really did fall out about that.'