Pretty Wicked Moms

Common Sense Media says

Clique-y Southern moms offer distorted idea of parenting.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Distorted messages about what makes a good mother, as well as judgmental messages about the choices that some mothers make.

Positive role models

The moms love their children, but spend more time worrying about their image rather than their actual role as a parent. They are often not supportive of each other.

Violence

Catty behavior is frequent, and arguments occasionally break out as a result. Sarcastic references are made to slitting one's own throat when being forced to do child-oriented activities.

Sex

The cast discusses their sex lives (or lack thereof); references are made to being intimate in bed while their baby is in it. Getting breast enlargements is discussed.

Language

Words like "damn," "ass," and "piss" are used; word "bitch" is frequently audible (even in the show's theme song). Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Emily Dee's boutique, Swank, is prominently featured. Apple products are visible, but the logos are blurred. Meredith Brooke's, "Bitch" is the show's theme song. Louis Vuitton and other designer logos are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The ladies and their companions frequently drink wine, champagne, hard liquor, and cocktails. References are made to getting Botox injections.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pretty Wicked Moms features a group of competitive Southern mothers and contains distorted messages about what moms do, and what makes a good mother. The show involves lots of catty behavior, arguing, and conversations about sex as it relates to being a parent. Language and drinking run throughout. Older teens can probably handle it, but the show's themes are really geared towards adults.

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Kids say

What's the story?

PRETTY WICKED MOMS is a reality series starring six fashionable Southern women competing to be the best moms in their social circle. The series stars Atlanta business woman Emily Dees, a mother of a 2-year-old who works full time running her high-end clothing boutique. Joining her is her best friend Nicole Noles, who considers herself a doting mom to her shih tzu, Sommer. Joining the fray is recently divorced Marci, who is raising three kids while running her own business; Southern belle Miranda, who has committed herself to her son's professional modeling career; and Nicole Bennett, a strong personality who is committed to staying home to raise her daughter in the healthiest way possible. Rounding out the group is stay-at-home mom Meredith, the newbie of the group, who is raising her baby girl while spending much of her time aspiring to have Emily and Nicole's fashion forwardness. From over-the-top baby birthday parties to trendy moms' nights out, the women spend their time raising their kids, while competing with each other to demonstrate that they are giving their children the best lifestyle possible.

Is it any good?

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Pretty Wicked Moms is designed to offer a voyeuristic look into the world of Southern-style motherhood, which is being portrayed here as cliquey, competitive, and superficial. Meanwhile, the women's catty discussions send judgmental messages about women, working mothers, and those who are unwilling and/or unable to finance a high-end lifestyle for their children.

Some folks may find these women's over-the-top behavior entertaining, but you won't find any positive parenting tips here. Ultimately, what Pretty Wicked Moms really offers is a distorted image of what being a mother is really about, and minimizes the real responsibilities and challenges that come with the job.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about motherhood. How have mothers been portrayed in film and on TV? What are some of the most memorable moms in the media? What makes the good moms good, and the bad moms bad? Have these portrayals changed over time?

  • Does this reality show offers a realistic portrayal of mothers from the South? Do you think the moms on this show are behaving the way they would if they weren't in front of the cameras?

TV details

Cast:Emily Dees, Nicole Bennett, Nicole Noles
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byJean23 June 10, 2013
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17
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Tammy Faye Baker taught them to apply makeup!

Talk about small town Rednecks! It looks like Emily is going for the Tammy Faye Baker look! More is better right? I see these small town bumpkins come to a larger city and act like redneck fools! Get a book on parenting, eat a hamburger,and learn some class! You are NOT in the country anymore. I feel so sorry for these children! The father's are just as shallow. These children will have so many problems! Having sex with your child in the bed! Rednecks that's gross!

Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2013
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12
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my fave show but beware of swearing and stuff

im 10 and I watch it but some adults may say no because they fight and swear and cuss. but at first my mom was a little iffy about it but then it became my favorite show. sometimes Emily , the queen bee is a little mean

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byTNSunshine July 30, 2013
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18
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Forget it!

Grown women who bully others and are high school mean girls that have never grown up. High maintenance mothers that are more concerned with their appearance and careers than their own children. Some of the women are poor role models for young girls.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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