Being a mom is hard — and I can really relate to all of these fictional moms! The love they have for their kids is obvious, but I'm also curious about their stories — beyond what we know from the books they are in.
Here is my list of interesting fictional moms I'd love to meet.
1. Mama Raccoon from The Kissing Hand
I think this mother raccoon could give us all lessons on meeting our children's needs. She handles Chester's anxiety like a pro every time he has a big transition. Going to school, getting a new sibling, even when they move to a new tree she is ready with gentle guidance and support.
2. Creepy Mom from Love You Forever
I admit I tear up as I read this book. I do think that driving to your grown son's house and climbing up a ladder in your nightgown to break in and rock him while he sleeps is a little over the top. Still, I'd love to meet her and find out exactly what she was thinking!
3. Molly Weasley from Harry Potter
She is THE mother in the whole series — not only loving her own large family of kids but taking under her wing all the young wizards her kids bring home. J.K. Rowling reminds us that, although Molly Weasley is written as the typical nagging mom at times, we should never underestimate the protective power of a mother when it counts.
4. Lily Potter from Harry Potter
Do I really need to explain this one? She faced Voldemort and her love saved her son. I have about one million questions for her starting with, "If you could tell Harry one thing about being a parent, what would you tell him?"
5. Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson
She had a baby with a Greek god! That's not the most interesting part of her story, though. I would love to hear what it's like to parent a demi-god. What was labor like? And how has she advocated for her son and his learning disability?
6. Natalie Prior from Divergent
Her strength isn't apparent at first, but once her past is revealed to readers, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. I dare you not to cry in her final scenes with Tris. As a mom, you will relate to her ability to put her child first even in a world where factions are supposed to trump families.
7. Headless Mom from No, David!
We've all been in David's shoes, and if you're a mom you've no doubt been in his mother's shoes too. David is a little "spirited" at times — and boy do I relate to his mom! She says no a lot, but she also gives him the reassuring love he needs. What I would love to ask her is how far down the road did David get when he ran off naked?
8. Mama Bear from The Berenstain Bears
She is the most patient mom ever. She never yells or threatens to spank her kids like the mom in Mercer Mayer's Little Critter series does. She even birthed Sister Bear alone while Papa Bear and Brother Bear were off in the forest making furniture. She is awesome and I would love to visit her tree house in Bear Country to share some toast and honey!
9. Mrs. Murry from A Wrinkle in Time
A brilliant scientist handling her four children on her own, Mrs. Murry is a powerhouse mom who still makes sure her kids are happy and healthy — even though she's handling everything on her own, and the bunch tends to get into some trouble. Her patience, intelligence, and warmth are everything a child could want in a mom.
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