Parenting books are all fine and dandy, but I’m someone who learns how to do things much more effectively by watching them in action. This also applies to learning what not to do! Luckily for me, I had a childhood rich with movie mums who made absolutely terrible decisions on the regular. They overlooked the obvious, skipped necessary steps to keeping their kids safe, and were so blissfully unaware that I’m not even sure they fully remembered that the small humans around them had sprung from their loins and were in under their care.
Here are some of my favourite childhood movies, and the important lessons the mums in them taught me. I’ve made sure to apply all of these to my parenting practice—well, these and the constant presence of movie theatre buttered popcorn, of course.
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