TV Moms We Can Learn From

In honor of Mothers’ Day, I thought I’d highlight some of the tv moms that have caught my attention, either because they’re great or because they have serious problems. Modeling? Schadenfreude? Whatever the reason, I love to watch these women, and they make me think about what I really want to be doing with my own kids.

You’ll notice I stayed away from the tv moms everyone knows and loves. I’ve learned about everything I can from Clare Huxtable and Marian Cunningham already, so I thought I’d look at some moms we don’t always think about.

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  • Alice from Alice 1 of 7
    Alice from Alice
    She's driving to her new life in LA, breaks down in Phoenix, and gets stuck there waiting tables at Mel's Diner. That's exceedingly crappy, but Alice made a life, got her son off to college, and ended up living her dream anyway. Takeaway: Sometimes you really have no choice, but you can still bloom where you're planted. (Played by Linda Lavin)
  • Sami Brady from Days Of Our Lives 2 of 7
    Sami Brady from Days Of Our Lives
    Scheming, lying, cheating, Sami has betrayed everyone who ever loved her, but still people keep falling in love with her, putting her in charge of their companies, and giving her free apartments. In real life she'd be selling crystal meth, but in Salem she's a respectable citizen. Takeaway: Some people are just always going to have it easier than you do. It doesn't mean they're happy. (Played by Alison Sweeney)
  • Lexie Carver from Days Of Our Lives 3 of 7
    Lexie Carver from Days Of Our Lives
    Through everything--kidnapping, dubious paternity, infertility--Lexie has been the smiling martyr, the responsible one. But she can't outsmile the brain tumor that's moving quickly (her last episodes are scheduled for June). Takeaway: There's no payoff to being Good all the time. (Played by Renee Jones)
  • Tasha Mack from The Game 4 of 7
    Tasha Mack from The Game
    Beautiful, smart, and successful, but insecure, frenzied, and self-destructive, single mom Tasha Mack managed to raise her son to be an external success who can't deal with his own life and ends up self-destructing. What a waste of talent from both of them. Takeaway: Deal with your own issues now so you don't pass them on to your kids. (Played by Wendy Raquel Robinson)
  • Janay from The Game 5 of 7
    Janay from The Game
    In contrast to Tasha Mack, single mom Janay swallows her disappointment and keeps a cool head to give her son the relationship he deserves with his father. When his father's crazy wife tries to hurt her son, Janay takes legal steps to ensure healthy boundaries. Lucky boy to have a mom who fights for him like that. Takeaway: Fight for your kids, even when that fight means getting along with people you don't want to get along with. (Played by Gabrielle Davis)
  • Pam Beesley Halpert from The Office 6 of 7
    Pam Beesley Halpert from The Office
    The most realistic portrayal of marriage and motherhood on tv. Pam is us and we are Pam, sleep deprivation, surliness, self-doubt, babyweight and all. She's still doing everything as well as any of us can. Takeaway: Just holding it together = winning. (Played by Jenna Fischer)
  • Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from Modern Family 7 of 7
    Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from Modern Family
    Yes, she's crazy sexy. But what Gloria's really good at is accepting her son Manny for the brilliantly intuitive nerd that he is. Who knows how far this kid is going to go, simply because his mom believes in him and isn't trying to make him conform? Takeaway: Your child is already who they are, and your support can help them be their best self. (Played by Sofia Vergara)

 

 

Magda Pecsenye writes about parenting at AskMoxie.org and about co-parenting after divorce with her ex-husband at When The Flames Go Up.

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