IN conjunction with Mother’s Day, here are five TV mums we take our hats off to.
Rebecca Pearson (This Is Us)
After being dealt with life’s biggest blow – the death of her husband Jack – mother of three Rebecca (Mandy Moore) picks up the pieces of her family’s shattered world and try to do what feels absolutely impossible – move forward.
Besides the single mum’s strength and tenacity in the midst of adversity, I admire Rebecca’s ability to know when to listen to her children (and most importantly, without judgment) and also when to speak her mind.
When her daughter Kate, now all grown up, announces her plan to go through with a fertility procedure that could endanger her life, Rebecca steps in and tells her to reconsider.
After saying her piece, Kate decides to go through with it anyway. Although she disagrees, Rebecca ultimately respects her daughter’s choice, even helping her with her hormone injection by the end of the episode.
Rebecca once shared her parenting mantra to Kate: “My mum was tough… She was just a closed, steel door. And even if you could get through, there was a room full of spikes right behind it.
“I always wanted to have a daughter because I wanted to do it a different way. I wanted to be the mum that had her arms wide open just waiting for you to fall in if you needed it.”
Somebody pass the tissues!
Maya DiMeo (Speechless)
Speechless puts a teen with cerebral palsy JJ (played by actor Micah Fowler who has cerebral palsy) front and centre, a significant move seeing that there aren’t many TV shows that feature people with special needs.
One of the highlights of the show has to be bold and brazen mum Maya, played by Minnie Driver, who stands up for JJ in every and any situation.
In the show’s pilot, Maya finds out that the very ramp her son is using to get into school is also used to transport garbage. She proceeds to give the school principal a shelling like no other.
Maya has never waned in her fight for JJ to have a normal childhood and it is this feistiness, borne out of love, that we tip our hats to.
Jessica Huang (Fresh Off The Boat)
Tough love is the very definition of our next mum, Jessica (Constance Wu).
Fresh Off The Boat sees a Taiwanese family, the Huangs, building their lives in the United States. While Louis is the sporting, fun-loving dad, Jessica is definitely the resident disciplinarian.
Her no-nonsense approach to parenting, something we Asians can identify with, helps instil values like self-discipline and hardwork in her kids. She also places a lot of importance in making sure they know and remember their Chinese roots.
Jessica is strict but it all comes from a good place – she simply wants the best for her children.
Mary Cooper (Young Sheldon)
Sheldon is a genius and there’s no telling what he could achieve with his intelligence. But Sheldon is also only nine.
His mum Mary (Zoe Perry) is faced with the difficult decision of whether to send his son to college (he’s already in high school despite his young age) and let him fulfil his academic potential, or to let him enjoy his childhood for a few more years?
While the series hasn’t seen Sheldon taking that big step yet, Mary has always nurtured his son’s talent and passions, sending him to attend classes in college every now and then.
Also, instead of trying to help him fit in (Sheldon tends to speak his mind, and often, his opinions aren’t popular), Mary lets his individuality come through, which is especially significant seeing that they live in a conservative town.
Mary represents the mums who encourage their kids to pursue their dreams and embrace their uniqueness.
Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
Being a mother isn’t the only thing that defines a person. Mothers are daughters too. And mothers are career women too. Modern Family’s Claire (Julie Bowen) exemplifies this.
After devoting her life to caring for her children for many years, Claire decides to join her father’s closet business.
She eventually proves her worth and assumes the top post – all these while taking care of her family. She’s also a sister to Mitchell, who often comes to her for help.
How she seamlessly puts on one hat and takes off another in record time is a wonder. And that’s exactly what all mothers do.