25 TV Moms Who Inspired Me To Be the Kind, Caring, Bitchy Mother I Have Become

I once heard it takes a village to raise a child.  Amen.  Damn kids come into the world with a yelp and a lot of needs, far too many if you ask me.

Sadly, the little buggers don't come with a how-to-manual.  Now, most of us have mothers full of all kinds of advice to offer.  When I was a kid I used to spend hours in front of the boob tube passing time with my mom while she offered her opinions on everything from an attractive hair style to how nice girls dressed. 

When I was younger, I found the moms mom and I watched on TV far cooler than the one God gave me.  They were always smiling and never seemed to pass out many punishments.  Even if the mom on TV got angry, the situation was cleared up by the time the show was over.

There were many "programs" we watched and all had a similar theme.  There was always a 'mother' who knew better.  Some were sassy, some were serious, some were smart.  Many were like my mom--a stay-at-home type.  Others were fascinating to me because they raised kids while they worked full-time outside of the home.

As I got older, I started to notice traits in some TV moms I knew I might like to adopt and of course some I was certain I would avoid.

I like to think of myself as a mix of all the mothers I grew up watching.  Each offered an insight into the wonderful world of motherhood.

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I give a shout out to some of my all-time favorite TV moms. 



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  • My kids compare me to Malcolm in the Middle's mom. "Run, someone left the cap off the toothpaste." Only when I'm hormonal, of course. :)

  • In reply to jtithof:

    how did I forget Malcolm's mother?? Watching Lois is like looking in the mirror for me. Thanks for reminding me :)

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Edina Monsoon cares about her little sweetie doesn't she? I'd have to go with Mrs. Ingalls, or Mrs. C.

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