A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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