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 Take Me to Your Mother is a reality series that's part of Nick Jr.'s mom-targeted programming, so it's not really aimed at kids and while the content is pretty mild, kids likely won't be that interested. Viewers will hear a couple of bleeped four-letter words and mild discussions of sex and see guests drinking mysterious brown liquids from Solo cups at parties. If kids and teens do watch, the might gain some appreciation for the work moms do.
What's the story?
"So, I'm this new mother, and I'm not one of those women who are like, 'I've got this under control,'" says Andrea Rosen on her new reality show TAKE ME TO YOUR MOTHER. "I really kinda don't know what I'm doing," she admits to the camera. And with that she plunges into hanging out with different sets of moms, a new one each week, who present her with their collective wisdom on raising a great kid. Whether it's Italian mamas in the Bronx who explain to her how to raise a mama's boy, or roller derby moms who advise Rosen to let little birds fly free and make their own mistakes, each group of moms has a unique take on what makes a successful parent and, sponge-like, Rosen is there to soak it all up in frank, funny conversations.
Is it any good?
Take Me to Your Mother really sounds like it could be boring, doesn't it? A bunch of moms sitting around kibbitzing? Don't we all get enough of that in our daily lives? But it's the personalities that make this somewhat dull premise so enchanting. Rosen is fearless in asking questions: "You really cut your son's meat for him?" she asks incredulously of a self-proclaimed mother to a "mama's boy" in his 20s, who still lives at home. "Did you cut your daughter's meat too?" Rosen inquires, then chortles helplessly at the answer: "No."
Rosen is obviously having great fun getting to know each vibrant, distinct group of women, and is open to wisdom like "cook and your kids will come back forever" or "let other people help you." She's also ready to deflect advice that doesn't work for her, concluding that raising a mama's boy seems like "a lot of work for the mother," and she'd probably have to do a "modified version." But she sure likes the results. "Do you love your mother more than your wife?" she asks a young Italian husband. "Of course!" he answers back. "Oh, that's music to my ears," rhapsodizes Rosen, half-jokingly, but also, half-seriously. If that dichotomy of emotions makes sense to you, Take Me to Your Mother will likewise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents can talk about the show's audience. Who do you think this show is looking to attract? Did you know this show airs as part of a block of shows called NickMom? Does that surprise you?
How is the viewer supposed to feel about Andrea Rosen? Are we supposed to like her? Laugh at her? Empathize with her? What in the way she is presented brings you to this conclusion?
The moms interviewed on Take Me To Your Mother are always trying to do their best for their kids. In what ways does your mom and dad try to help or encourage you?