16 TV Moms That Millennial Moms Look To For Inspiration

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Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, I spent a lot of time watching television. Family oriented television still reigned supreme, and the sitcom was where it was at. I spent many hours watching not only the current sitcoms, but classic sitcoms as well. Nick at Nite was my best friend when I didn’t have to get up for school the next day. My favorite sitcom characters were almost always the TV moms; they were funny, loving, and had great relationships with their families. They were the kind of moms I wanted to be when I became a mom. Millennial moms like myself and many of my friends spent a lot of time with these sitcom moms. These were the moms we wish we had, or aspired to be like when our turn came. But there is no one size fits all mom. So there are plenty of sitcom moms to inspire us.

The inspiration came from so many different aspects of the lives these TV moms lived onscreen. Whether it was because we saw our own lives in them, or because we aspired to have the careers or lives they led, so many of us look to them for guidance. They also entertain us! These TV moms were funny, smart, and relatable. Plus, most of them kept it VERY real, which was a refreshing change of pace from the June Cleaver days. Not that there’s anything wrong with the June Cleaver-type mom, of course. We just didn’t see our own experiences in those shows the same we did with the moms on this list.

Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show, one of the best TV moms of all time.

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Clair Huxtable is the TV mom that most 80s and 90s kids wish they could be. Especially black women. She is the gold standard of TV moms. You simultaneously want to be her and have her take care of you. You can’t have a list like this without talking about her. She worked a full time job as a lawyer, mothered 5 children with the perfect mix of humor and discipline, and put up with her husband’s shenanigans. And she never had a hair out of place. She was superwoman, and she made it look so easy. Moms today look to Clair Huxtable for inspiration and encouragement on their own journeys.

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