Surviving Motherhood

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Moms' coffee klatches on film, with experts.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Encourages mothers to seek help with family/parenting issues.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show is about moms and their problems -- not a topic that's usually of huge interest to kids. The moms (never dads) describe whatever behavioral problem or crisis they're dealing with in front of their kids, who listen avidly as their mother describes their faults on national television.

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What's the story?

On SURVIVING MOTHERHOOD, moms who've never met before agree to come to a local coffee shop with their kids and talk about whatever issue is currently most troubling to their families -- spoiled kids, introducing a new sibling, tantrums, etc. An expert weighs in on the problem amd makes suggestions, and then the other moms in the group take a turn. Different moms are featured every week, and at the end of each episode, the moms are shown discussing a lighter topic.

Is it any good?

Surviving Motherhood is mildly entertaining, the kind of thing a person might watch while folding laundry or breastfeeding. The experts and moms generally offer good, if obvious advice, and the real appeal, as always, is in feeling that you yourself can certainly do better than that. But this program isn't targeted to kids, and it's not likely to interest them, since the family issues tend to be of the milder variety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues faced by each family, as represented by the mom and kids, and how they could be resolved. Do you think the kids could help more around the house? Would more toys make you feel better if your family was going through hard times, or would you rather spend more time with your parents? Families can also talk about where the dads are in all of this, and whether they have the same problems.

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 15, 2006
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G

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