Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ode to the TV Moms.

In honor of it being my first Mothers Day (you can count it when you're pregnant right? I mean I am carrying a cute little baby that gives me heartburn, makes my back ache, and still makes me throw up. I think I deserve recognition no?) I've decided to compose a list of TV moms to teach me how to be the best mom I can be.

First and foremost, one of my favorite TV moms is none other than Lorelai Gilmore. She's got wit, she's got charm, and she's got really good fashion sense. No Mom Jeans for her. She raised her daughter Rory from age 16 (not condoning it) all by herself, and heck she did a pretty good job seeing as Rory is the smartest in her class at Stars Hollow High and soon transfers to Chilton, and after high school goes to Yale University.

Tactics that worked in raising Rory?
  1. Friend first, mom second. But she was a mom when she needed to be. (which was rare seeing as Rory was so good) Obviously this being a fictional show, being a friend more than a mom might not be the best.
  2. Knows how to have a kicken' movie night getting take out and buying junk food, watching some fun movie.
  3. Lorelai knows her pop culture, which really makes her the 'cool mom'
  4. She sacrificed a lot of her time/energy in wanting the best for Rory.
Next in line, a mother to idolize, a mother to want to be, a mother only a child can love...and even then that might be stretching it. None other than Lucille Blooth. Probably one of the most horrible mothers there ever was. Manipulative, materialistic, and hyper critical of every member of her family, here are tactics that work for her.
  1. Purposely trying to hit her son Gob with her car on an expired license...then somehow finagling her other son Michael, who got knocked out in the crash, into the drivers side so it look as though he was the one who caused it.
  2. Because of her manipulative ways, she has dominance over her youngest son Buster, causing him to be unstable, socially inept, and prone to panic attacks. Because of this, Lucille adopts a Korean boy and lets him do things Buster was never allowed, making Buster miserable.
  3. Constantly making remarks to her daughter Lindsay about how fat she is.
  4. Keeping herself half drunk to escape the demands of her hard motherhood.
Oh Lucille, you've just won the award for "Best Mother to NOT Emulate"

Thirdly, is Mrs. Amanda King, spy extraordinaire. No kidding. This is a mother to be like. Full time mother, part time secret agent, Amanda will spend the day chasing the bad guy, detonating  bombs,  and still have dinner on the table by 6.

What works for her:
  1. She is always the first person to volunteer at the PTA bake sale. Even if she is in the middle of an important case.
  2. She keeps her house in tip top shape, while juggling all her other housewife duties
  3. She always makes sure her sons, Phillip and Jamie, get well-balanced meals.
  4. She never misses a baseball game.
So, if you've never heard of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, you're missing out on great lessons of being a super mom.

The last mom to highlight, Marie Barone. She is the matriarch of the Barone family. She is controlling, manipulative, intrusive, and over-nurturing to her favorite son Raymond. She is a fantastic housewife who exceeds in cooking, cleaning, and all things related into being a mother. And lets her daughter-in-law Debra, know how good she is.
Tactics that work for Marie:
  1. Like I said, great cook. And she always tells Debra how she isn't a great cook.
  2. Prefers Raymond over Robert. Every mom should have a favorite kid right? Mine will be Abby...until the next one comes. Then who knows. :)
  3. She's always there...constantly. Much to Debra's (and sometimes Ray's) displeasure.
  4. She's very dramatic. I think it's a moms right to be dramatic. She did, after all, carry and birth her sons. I plan to be a dramatic mom.


  1. My favorite has to be Lucille, totally awesome!

  2. thank goodness you mentioned lucille blooth- she's the real gem of that group of mothers

  3. How sad is it that I didn't know any of those t.v. moms? I mean...I've heard of Gilmore Girls, but never watched it. I HATE Everybody Loves Raymond...and as for the other moms....I have no idea where the crap you found them :). If you want to know my number one t.v. mom? Caroline Ingals from Little House. That's right...I'm lame :).
    Fun post! I wish I had come up with the idea so that if I did it, I wouldn't be completely copying you. Although, I wish I was you most of the time! Hahaha :)

  4. I love everybody loves raymond and I wish that cooked as well as Marie, but I hate her at the same time. I think Dr. Quinn Medicine Women was the best mom. I mean she's a doctor and a mom, is gorgeous and has one fine looking husband. Why are all the best moms from older shows? Oh this wicked generation :)