Moth­ers with at­ti­tude

They might be fic­tional but we love them any­way

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

WE LOVE watch­ing movies and TV se­ries for many rea­sons. One of my rea­sons is to closely fol­low the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters who have be­come my favourite. Look­ing back, I didn’t even re­alise that many of my favourite char­ac­ters were also moth­ers.

They are strong, smart, sassy, spunky char­ac­ters. Some of the best TV mums in­clude: ◗ LORE­LAI GIL­MORE (GIL­MORE GIRLS) ◗ Spouse (ex-hus­band) Christo­pher Hayden ◗ Off­spring: Rory Gil­more ◗ What makes her awe­some: Lore­lai is a mum fa­mous for her un­healthy eat­ing habits, and she can’t cook to save her life. She did make an at­tempt to eat a health­ier diet when she got preg­nant with Rory, though. Aside from this, her wit and hu­mour and her unique way with words make her one of the best and funniest mums around. ◗ MARIE BARONE (EV­ERY­ONE LOVES RAY­MOND) ◗ Spouse: Frank Barone ◗ Off­spring: Ray Barone, Robert Barone ◗ What makes her awe­some: She is not only the Martha Ste­wart of sit­coms but also a queen in every way. Even though she crit­i­cises Ray’s wife and ev­ery­one who does not live up to her queenly stan­dards, she has a soft spot which can be seen when she treats her grown-up sons like lit­tle boys.

◗ BEA SMITH (WENT­WORTH) ◗ Spouse: Harry Smith ◗ Off­spring: Deb­bie Smith ◗ What makes her awe­some: We do not con­done at­tempted mur­der or any other crime, but we don’t con­done do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ei­ther so we find our­selves be­hind Bea Smith when she fi­nally fought back against her abu­sive hus­band. We’re also amazed at the strength amidst the strug­gle that she’s shown in deal­ing with Deb­bie’s death.

◗ CER­SEI LAN­NIS­TER (GAME OF THRONES) ◗ Spouse: Widow of King Robert Baratheon, lover of her twin brother Jaime Lan­nis­ter ◗ Off­spring: Jof­frey Baratheon, Myr­cella Baratheon, Tom­men Baratheon ◗ What makes her awe­some: Am­bi­tious Cer­sei is full of se­crets, and these are the kinds of se­crets that ruin with­out mercy. But noth­ing gets in the way of her per­sonal in­ter­ests. Nor can any­thing stop her when she needs to pro­tect her own fam­ily, even if it takes ma­nip­u­la­tion and break­ing trust.

PHOTO: HBO VIA AP

Lena Headey as Cer­sei Lan­nis­ter in Game of Thrones. ORI­GIN: “Mother’’ is from Mid­dle English moder, Old English modor, re­lated to Dutch moeder, Ger­man mut­ter, Old Norse moðir.

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