Although fictional, the moms we’ve watched on television over the decades have taught us a lot. They’re encouraging, caring, loving, funny, outrageous and sometimes even magical. Sounds a lot like real moms!
Much like our own mothers, we have grown up with many of these moms and learned a thing or two along the way. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re sharing our top 10 list of TV moms that taught us invaluable lessons.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from Modern Family: While her English isn’t perfect, her parenting is spot on. As mother to mature-beyond-his-years Manny, Gloria is supportive of everything he does. Between his choice of activities, how he speaks and his attire, Manny marches to the beat of his own drum and Gloria is hilariously behind him every step of the way.
Mom Lesson: Believe in your kids and let them be who they were meant to be.
Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch: As mom of three and step-mom of three, Carol Brady had her hands full. And as we all know, siblings don’t always get along. But once your kids reach a certain age, teaching them independence in resolving conflicts is vital. Always being the negotiator impedes social growth and problem-solving.
Mom Lesson: Sometimes siblings have to work out their issues on their own. Let your kids make their own mistakes and choices and guide them towards the right solutions.
Bonnie from Mom: Ok, she’s a recovering addict, rather whacky and never follows the rules. But she’s still always there for her family, including her daughter and grandchildren. Moms who have made their own share of mistakes have a lot to teach us about who we want to be and where to avoid landmines.
Mom Lesson: Nobody is perfect, even moms, and moms have problems too. But good moms are those that are there for you when you need them.
Samantha Montgomery from Bewitched: Moms are magical – we all know it’s true. Samantha Montgomery may have had a leg up with her twitching witch nose, but the true magic behind her was her phenomenal mothering skills. When all hope seems lost, a mother’s magical touch can do wonders.
Mom Lesson: Sometimes it takes a little mom magic to get things done.
Beverly Goldberg from The Goldbergs: Her perfect kids can do no wrong and she’s going to let everyone in the world know it. She meddles, she complains, she will do anything for her kids. While her endless support sometimes backfires, she shows us that kids really just need someone in their corner.
Mom Lesson: Someone’s got to be your biggest fan and it may as well be your mom.
Clair Huxtable from The Bill Cosby Show: As a powerful attorney, supportive mom of many, loving wife and family woman, Clair shows us that moms can have it all. Moms can juggle career, family, love, friendships and more. It may be a struggle from time-to-time, but it can be done.
Mom Lesson: Moms can do it all!
Mrs. Edna Garrett from The Facts of Life: Mrs. Garrett was the foster mom every teenage girl wanted. It wasn’t that she was cool or even super fun, but she was the shoulder to lean on, the voice of wisdom and the glue that kept this group of girls together.
Mom Lesson: The woman who birthed you isn’t your only mom in this life.
Jill Taylor from Home Improvement: When you have three boys and a manly husband who likes to do things his own way, sometimes you have to be crafty in how you get what you want out of your family. Jill made it look effortless when all of her ideas seemed like her husbands and her rough-and-tumble boys needed to learn a lesson.
Mom Lesson: Moms can always outfox you and chances are, you will never even know it.
Dr. McStuffins on Doc McStuffins: As a doctor and mom, Dr. McStuffins teaches her kids a lot about health and social skills. She is a wonderful role model to her kids and encourages imaginary play surrounding real life experiences. This is one doctor who embraces make-believe in the name of child development.
Mom Lesson: Playing is an important part of childhood.
Murphy Brown from Murphy Brown: First she had her career and then she had her baby. Not every family looks the same and women who long to be mother’s have many options of how to achieve their goals. Murphy Brown was an enlightening and ground-breaking example of having the strength and courage to make your own path.
Mom Lesson: Having a child can happen in a variety of ways. Reach for your dreams until you catch them.
Happy Mother’s Day!