The Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood and is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures in our lives. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.
So what makes a mother great?
We decided to take a look at the top 10 favorite TV moms to start the list.
Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond gets our top vote. After all, she lived across the street from her nosey in-laws, dealt with a husband who’s no help around the house and expertly cared for 3 rambunctious children practically on her own.
Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch is also another supermom who cares for her blended family of 6 children. Although she had the help of housekeeper Alice, she was also a sculptor, writer, singer and political activist—showing her daughters there’s nothing a woman can’t do.
Clair Huxstable from The Cosby Show was the classy working mother who juggled her law firm and her growing brood all with a whole lot of style.
Jane Jetson of The Jetsons who only had to push a button to make a meal appear, was a devoted mom and a true woman of the future.
Norma Arnold of The Wonder Years was mother of 3 very high-spirited kids who returned to college to get her degree and then a job. She was definitely not like other housewives in the 60’s.
Harriette Winslow of Family Matters had the difficult job of putting up with next-door nerd, Steve Urkel. She also managed to juggle her family while looking for a new job.
Tami Taylor of Friday Night Lights played a football coach’s wife, principal of the local high school and mother to 2 girls. She managed to wear a lot of hats while under the watchful eyes of the small town posse.
Elyse Keaton of Family Ties was a former hippie – turned liberal in conservative times – who worked from home while raising her 4 kids.
Laura Petrie of The Dick Van Dyke Show was the epitome of a stay-at-home mom, raising her only child, Ritchie. She was the ultimate supportive wife and mother.
And last, but not least
Donna Stone of The Donna Reed Show had the picture-perfect family with a loving husband, 1 boy and 1 girl. Her work as a nurse and community organizer rounded out her wholesome life.
Do any of their qualities remind you of your mom?
These moms all represented storybook families…a mom, a dad and one or more children. A lot of mothers these days have it tough, especially single mothers or women raising their children while their men are at war in far away places or absent for other reasons.
Mothers…they have eyes in the back of their heads…they heal themselves when they are sick…they can feed a family of 6 with a pound of ground beef and they sacrifice so that their children won’t have to. Mothers do so much they should be heralded every day of the year!
Do something special for the mother – or mother figure – in your life this Mother’s Day. Make it heartfelt…make it personal…make it as special as she is to you.