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Online exclusive: What I learned from TV mothers

Young writers |  23 May 2017

Family life makes for good TV, although programs don’t always the best examples of how we should relate to each other. We asked some of our young writers to look at their favourite TV mothers, and some of the lessons they’ve learned from them.

Mrs Mouseling – Angelina Ballerina

Mrs Matilda Mouseling is the mother of Angelina and Polly from the popular ABC for Kids TV show, Angelina Ballerina. A mum’s job is no easy task and with two young mouselings of her own, Angelina’s mother is always kept on her toes. 

Mrs Mouseling takes up her motherly responsibilities in stride and never fails to support her two daughters; whether it be drying Angelina’s tears after a misunderstanding with friends or bringing happiness to the home with a fresh array of baked treats. She is a caring and empathetic character who brings the family together and acts as the nurturing voice of reason. 

She teaches Angelina, and the audience, to be patient and kind. She is a constant figure that her daughters Angelina and Polly can come home to and share the recollection of their days with. Mrs Mouseling passes valuable life lessons to her children and shows them how to grow up to be kind adults and respectful individuals in the society. 

By Tatiana Kurniawan

Eleanor Waldorf – Gossip Girl

Eleanor is mother to Blair Waldorf, the main character from Gossip Girl. Some may say Eleanor she is not to be admired, however her harsh honesty and snobby attitude helps raise Blair to be a successful, strong woman, so she must be doing something right.

There is nothing Eleanor wouldn’t do for Blair. She displays her determination and strong mind right from the start of the show, when her beloved husband left her. Eleanor persisted on, showing Blair, and everyone else, that you shouldn’t let someone else ruin your happiness. 

Eleanor may not be the worlds best mother, but she has an unbreakable forgiving love for her daughter. Her harsh honesty is beneficial at times, as mothers need to be able to tell their children the truth, when no one else will. Finally her determination to keep persisting when it feels like the end is truly admirable. 

By Ella Brennan

Lorelai Gilmore - The Gilmore Girls

Lorelai Gilmore is one of the two main characters in The Gilmore Girls, set in the small town of Stars Hollow. Her daughter, Rory, has been raised in an environment where she is encouraged to follow her own path in life, and always has a friend to be there for her in times of need. Though Lorelai's independence stems from a tough childhood, she managed to set herself and her daughter up with a life where Rory can be free to make her own choices as she grows older. 

Besides being an incredibly funny, energetic and witty character, Lorelai is also caring and determined to give her daughter a better life than she had herself. She is a strong female role model for Rory, teaching her that her intelligence is important and always encouraging her to study. Rory grew up watching her mother help the people around her in whatever ways she could, and surrounding herself with the most genuine people as friends. These things Rory took on board and formed her own relationships by her example.

By Sinead Goodfellow

Carol Brady – The Brady Bunch

‘Here’s a story, of a lovely lady’ named Carol Brady from the television series, The Brady Bunch. What made Carol so special was how she lovingly formed one family out of two. 

Carol was revolutionary for her time back in 1969, when The Brady Bunch first aired. Successful blended families were not really televised as the perfect family. 

Carol seemed to effortlessly manage her large family with her chic style and bubbly personality. Through her open communication, she generally maintained peace among the many ups and downs that family life has.  Throughout the five seasons it was obvious that Carol was not afraid to be the tough mamma when necessary. 

Carol was actively involved in her children’s lives. She sang in the choir and helped with the school plays. She even tried her hand at bonding with her boys taking them on a camping and fishing trip. These qualities and actions made Carol the model mother, not only in America but also worldwide.

By Nieve Walton




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