I grew up in the ‘90s watching some of my favorite television shows where parenting and motherhood were carefully broken down into two categories– the very lovable stay-at-home mom and the incredible working-mom. These women were born to be mothers, they raised their children without fear, doubt or worry — at least we never saw any of it.
The role of moms portrayed in television has evolved and is now more relatable than ever. These messy-haired, sweatpant wearing moms remind us that life is often messy and complicated. But they also show us that it’s okay to be scared and sometimes it’s even alright to think about running away from it allHere are a few of the most popular moms that have helped to pave the way for the new generation of television moms that we all love — or love to hate.
The Perfect Little House Wife
June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver is the epitome of the picture-perfect housewife. Her life revolves around the needs of her family. She loves to cook, clean and even needlepoint. Let’s face it, this kind of perfect doesn’t exist in the real world, but it sure is nice to dream about.
The Glowing and Sweet Mom
Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch series makes parenting look easy – and she is taking care of 6 children. Okay, she does have the reliable help of a trusted maid. But Carol Brady is always cheerful and ready to help out any of her children. She is always glowing with love but can be firm when needed.
The Sarcastic and Messy Mom
Roseanne Conner from the hit show Roseanne doesn’t fit into the mold of previous television mothers, and her family is anything but normal. She and her husband are raising three seemingly happy children all while facing extreme financial hardships. The house may be a mess but the guidance she offers her children, while wrapped in a unique sarcastic flare is as powerful and full of love as one can possibly get.
The Anxious and Scared Mom
For the first time ever, these women had their own ideas about life, careers, and parenting. We understood when Lily from How I Met Your Mother was unsure of her decision to be a parent. It was comforting to see the very real and raw emotion of a mother who didn’t instantly fall in love with motherhood and a woman who wasn’t afraid to admit that she considered the possibility of running away from it all.
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At some point, you’ve stared at your television and questioned the currently popular “mom”. You might have blinked and thought you were watching your own parenting adventures. Your own children might laugh and declare that you are exactly like that mom in their favorite television program.
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The parent we are is often due to influence and in this day of age, it can often come from social platforms, including the television. We all have our favorite television moms that for one reason or another we either looked up to, wanted them to be our mothers or never wanted to be that parent.
So, which mom are you?