My favorite fictional mothers.

My favorite fictional mothers.

These moms from some of my favorite books and tv shows aren’t perfect, but they have a lot going for them: they’re fun to watch, they’re kind and competent, and I don’t pity their (fictional) kids because of their family situation. And they love their kids. I’d say that’s enough.

Molly Weasley, Harry Potter: Fiercely protective and unfailingly generous, whole posts have been devoted to the gracious hospitality of Molly Weasley. She made her kids roll their eyes plenty of times, but they’d still agree she was pretty  fantastic.

Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights: Honest, kind, and compassionate, she’s the kind of mom other people’s kids sought out for advice. Mrs. Coach made plenty of mistakes, but she owned them.  We watched her go to the end of her rope, and that convinced us: she’s a great mom. (And one tough cookie.)

Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables I love the dry wit (and sometimes sarcastic) mother-figure Marilla as a foil to dreamy, lost-in-the-clouds Anne Shirley.

Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls: Even when her parenting decisions make you cringe, you can’t deny the power of her bond with Rory. This is one devoted mama.

Caroline Ingalls, Little House: 21st century mamas are blown away by Mrs. Ingalls’ incredible know-how: she wove baskets, she made cheese, she tapped syrup, made the cheese, sewed the clothes, tapped the syrup, all while (mostly) cheerfully moving across the United States and raising up three pretty amazing daughters.

Mrs. Quimby, the Ramona books: This down-to-earth mom never (okay, rarely) loses her sense of humor with the often-impossible Ramona. And when she does, well, we don’t blame her for it.

Kate Murry, A Wrinkle in Time: She’s kind, she’s beautiful, she’s a microbiologist. Not a bad role model–and her children (understandably) think she’s wonderful.

Who’s your favorite fictional mother?

P.S. Fictional mothers we love to hate.

7 favorite fictional mothers

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51 comments

  1. Brittney says:

    Marmee, Marilla and Molly Weasleys are all wonderful mothers! I would also add Jo March in Little Men, she mothers her flock with wit, humor, morals, fun and ingenuity.

  2. Marlizette De Kock says:

    I couldn’t agree more, I absolutely love Molly Weasley, Lorelai Gilmore and Tami Taylor (as well as Rayna James). These moms all have open and honest relationships with their kids while still maintaining a no-nonsense upbringing with more than enough discipline. These are the type of relationships I hope to have my children one day.

  3. Lynn K says:

    Lorelei & Marilla are favorites of mine. I heard Geraldine Brookes speak several years ago about the reason she wrote “March” which was her version on Mr. March of Little Women. Brookes’ mother told her, [NObody could be as goodie goodie as Marmie was] so she imagined what must’ve gone made her the way she was for Little Women and I have to say it’s one of the few novels written about a character by an author other than the character’s creator that I actually really enjoy.

    I also have to second the person who chimed in with Jo March ~ she’s so real and earthy and I love her as mother hen in Little Men and Jo’s Boys. I’d like to add a mother: Mavis from Beverly Cleary’s The Luckiest Girl. I always felt she was a modern day Jo March ~ sort of hippie~earthy and a nice surrogate mother her best friend’s daughter who comes to stay with the family for a school year. I loved that book when I was growing up.

  4. Coriander says:

    My mother tells me that when I was a teenager, she asked me who would I want to be my mother if she wasn’t my mother, I answered, “Matthew Cuthbert”.

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