Iconic hit series The Golden Girls makes its streaming debut on Hulu February 13, 2017. Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. From left, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), shown. (Photo Courtesy of Hulu)

So it has been about two weeks since my last post. Life has been hectic and I have to say this parenting gig is harder than I ever imagined. There are so many meetings, and so many feelings about life lately. I never knew this could be so complicated. Don’t ya just send your kids to school and blink, then they graduate and start a fabulous life? Easy peasy.

Ugh so wrong.

As I am stressing out about life I discover The Golden Girls is on Hulu. Man oh man does this show bring back memories! I was 12 when this show began. I didn’t get half the jokes back then, but it was such a comfort just to watch every week. I could count on Dorothy’s sarcastic whit and Rose’s naivete. No matter where I was in my house, the sound of those first few piano notes sent me running to the TV to watch. Sitcom life is so much easier when all your problems are solved in 30 minutes and end with cheesecake. Now I can count on the wisdom of these best friends every morning as I hop on my treadmill and cue up the next episode. They make me laugh and make me realize how important my mom friends are to me. Especially the ones who love me for me and do not judge me by my kids behaviors. They know I am a dedicated parent doing my best.

This morning I watched the episode where Blanche’s grandson comes to visit. The women put their cumulative knowledge of child rearing together to create a chore schedule and curfew for her belligerent nephew.  In less than 30 minutes he is cured of his bad behavior and is toasting to his new found self esteem. I was jealous. If only it were that easy to cure kids of their melt downs and behaviors. And how awesome would it be to have some seasoned moms in my crew right now. Instead, we wait months or even years to get the positive change we want to see from our kids. I know hubby and I are still waiting for the sensible sevens to kick in so we can experience less drama in our lives.

Just as Blanche’s best friends rallied around her to help set her wayward nephew on the straight and narrow, I realize how lucky I am to have a very small, but tight knit circle of friends who watch out for my kids just like one of their own. The day to day may get stressful, but having friends who see my kids as something wonderful and amazing makes all the hard work seem worth it. It doesn’t help me solve our problems in a half an hour, but it sure does feel good to know that so many of my friends are willing to take the time to understand and offer to help.

No matter what age and stage your kids are in you need a good mom friend to support you. Your relationship may not involve cheesecake, but as long as they are willing to listen without judging and recognize and celebrate your hard work then you have a friend worth more than gold!

Until next week my friends, remember it is OK to do whatever it takes to make it through your day! 🙂 And watch The Golden Girls whenever you can. Those ladies are funny and offer some serious life lessons about parenting!

The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again! You can also find her work featured on Mamapedia 

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38 Comments on The Golden Girls is All a Mom Needs

  1. They are on TV Land too, and it one of my go to shows to watch when my DVR is cleared out. Love me some Blanche 😄

  2. I completely agree with you. We all need a friend that listens to us without any judgment and just be there and support us in the difficult moments. I’m very lucky that way and found great friends.

  3. I also loved watching the Golden Girls. And it was so efficient to solve all problems in a 30 minute show along with cheesecake! Too bad that’s not quite reality!

  4. they sure are! i used to watch these a lot and i think there is a lot to go back and look for. I love your thoughts around being a friend to your child.. very relevant esp. in today’s digital world!

  5. I love the Golden Girls and you are right, they teach a lot of good lessons, using humor and sarcasm. My type of women!

  6. I never tire of a good Golden Girls episode. It was so great that they could solve every problem in 30 minutes. It is good to have a few good friends you can rely on in a pinch.

  7. I love that show! It’s important to have mom friends that you can talk to and show support as well. It’s nice because they know how it feels and they understand.

  8. That’s great that watching a tv show reminded you of how lucky you are to have a nice group of friends. I sometimes wish parenting was as easy as it is on tv too.

  9. haha I’ve never seen it but I have heard a lot of good things, I definitely love having a great support system when it comes to friends and other mums, can really keep you sane!

  10. I have never watched Golden Girls but you’ve inspired me to watch some! Hope this coming week isn’t quite as hectic as the last two weeks 🙂

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