5 TV Moms With Realistic Traits

Do you ever feel like a failure? I personally struggle with the fact that I am forgetful, clumsy and terrible at organizing things. These are some of the traits I lack, but I still aspire to be the best in my own right.

Running a house is challenging. It’s not helpful when you have Supermom syndrome either. I define Supermom syndrome as striving to be the matriarchal machine with a spotless house, well dressed children and dinner on the table by 5.

While a lot of women have one or two of these traits, no one person can have them all. We always seem to make it work though, despite our shortcomings.There’s just something about taking care of the kids that drives us to succeed.

As you may know, the media tends to portray fantasy personalities who seem to be perfect. It gives us something to strive for. But we aren’t all cut from the same cloth. Some characters are there to remind us that everyone has their faults.

These 5 moms can be strict, overbearing, and downright dirty at times— but they’re more like us than we know. The one thing we all have in common: We just want what’s best for our kids.

Beverly Goldberg- The Goldbergs


Traits: strong, supportive, organized, creative, loving, watchful, involved

Pitfalls: overprotective, “smother”

Beverly Goldberg is the poster child of a mother in the 80’s. She is the matriarch of her family and is constantly pushing her kids for affection. She is very loving and has a huge heart, which is a blessing and a curse.  She has the drive to help her kids succeed but can push the limits too far. Her catchphrase is, “I have failed as a mother,” which points out how we all feel sometimes. Despite her perfectly clean house and fantastic homemade meals, she still sees herself as a failure from time to time.

She has a very creative side and loves to scrapbook, power-walk and bedazzle. While she can push the limits with her involvement in her kids’ lives, she is often there to step in and save them when they really need her the most.

what we can learn

The biggest thing to take away from this “smother” is to take advantage of every moment you get with your kids. They will be grown before you know it. So seize the day and love like there’s no tomorrow.

Jessica Huang- Fresh Off the Boat


Traits: Determination, leadership, loyalty, traditional, competitive, confident

Pitfalls: Struggles to readjust, perfectionist, aggressive

Jessica Huang is the culture shocked leader of the Huang family. She is very traditional and struggles to fit with the American lifestyle. Her perfectionist streak and high expectations cause her to push her kids to the max. She is aggressive in her endeavors and can be very controlling at times. Although opinionated and stubborn, she does have the ability to think through her actions and make amends afterward while explaining her goal (she just wants whats best for her children).

what we can learn

If there’s one thing every mom wants to know, it’s how to parent the “right” way. This usually involves  an authoritative parenting style. While she can be too much at times, Jessica knows how to steer her kids in the right direction.  So don’t be afraid to take away that extra snack. Put your foot down. Your kids will thank you for it one day.

Katy Otto- American Housewife


Traits: Honest, we can identify with her, smart, innovative, resilient

Pitfalls: Apathetic

Of all the moms on this list, Katy Otto is the one I relate to the most. I come from a humble background and don’t value status as much as comfort. Katy is just that: a creature of habit. Moving into a wealthy, pretentious neighborhood has provided her with many trials and tribulations. She tries to fit in but it’s just not her. This causes waves from time to time. She is snarky, honest and always thinking of ways to get what she wants from her children.  She has a very blunt parenting style and tries to teach her children to be independent.

what we can learn

Embrace who you are! So what if you aren’t the head of the PTA? Your children love you anyways. Sure you may screw up from time to time, but mistakes are how we learn! So take the ups with the downs and keep on moving. You’ll get there eventually.

Rainbow Johnson- Black-ish


Traits: Hopeful, laid back, hard working, passionate about cultural identity , open minded

Pitfalls: short attention span

Rainbow Johnson is a bi-racial anesthesiologist who came from a humble background. She has a lax parenting style and wants her children to grow up with more than she had. She does her best to raise them in a society where color is not a factor. She works toward this goal by pushing her husband to break down racial barriers in the business world. She has a hard time communicating with her children, though, and struggles to be open with them.

what we can learn

To communicate  Communication is not always easy but it’s definitely worth the effort. Rainbow’s inability to effectively do this with her kids shows us that it takes a lot of time and conscious effort  to master this skill. So practice every chance you get!

Rebecca Pearson- This Is Us


Traits: Independent, insightful, resilient, fighter

Downfalls: indecisive,  judgmental

Rebecca Pearson was introduced to us as a fighter. She started out with a stillborn child out of the triplets she birthed. She  then adopted a black child and faced challenges bonding with him. Her ex husband is an alcoholic and she was often left to tend the house and kids on her own.  As a result of this, they divorced. She has struggled with big issues throughout the series. There are no ways to blow them off. Her biggest fear is watching her children struggle, and as a result holds them to very high standards.

what we can learn

Ambition.  Resilience. The fighting spirit. No matter what happens in life, it is only temporary. What you’re going through? It’s been done before. If Rebecca can do it, so can you. So pick yourself up, brush the dirt off, and keep going.


Are there any traits you aspire to have? What’s your biggest challenge as a mother? Drop me a comment and let me know!


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