Being a mom is equal parts challenging and rewarding. While you don’t have to give birth for those maternal instincts to kick in, not every woman is instantly a great mother. There will be bumps along the way as they love and nurture their kids while guiding them toward achieving their potential. But is there anything more satisfying than watching it unravel on screen? Maybe not.
Women are held to the most unrealistic standards, and we forget that, like their kids, moms are human, imperfect, and will make mistakes. While there isn’t a handbook or a single definition of motherhood, these are some of television’s most shining examples of motherhood to inspire and admire.