Representations of Motherhood
Moms in Magazines
Novel: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Moms in Music
Moms in Movies: Anywhere But Here
Moms in TV: Nickelodeon
Spongebob has aired since 199. Spongebob's Grandma is the typical sweet and loving grandmother we all know and love. She bakes excellent cookies and babies spongebob, and even cares for his friends. She reads stories and caters to their every need, practically prohibiting them from growing up or assuming any real responsibilities. She is portrayed as sweet and grandmotherly, competent, loving, nurturing.
Next was Miriam from Hey Arnold. Hey Arnold aired from 1996-2004. This is one of the main character's mothers, Miriam. She is portrayed as super ditzy, young, forgetful, unfocused, and kind of oblivious, but still loving and caring in moments for her daughter. Her daughter usually calls her mother by her name, Miriam, which suggests an interesting relationship.
The Wild Thornberrys aired from 1998-2004. The mother in this show is very adventurous and "never flinches in the face of fear". She is confident, strong, and leads the family well. She is intuitive and loves each of her children, in spite of their some peculiar personalities. She is selfless and portrayed as a good mom.
The Fairly Odd Parents has aired since 2001. The mom, Mrs. Turner, is portrayed as very slow-witted and foolish. Her family never seems to pay much attention to her. She is always oblivious to Timmy's fairies and the dangers that surround her. She is mostly seen as neglectful, but in some episodes we see her praised as hard-working and strong.
And finally, Jimmy Neutron has aired since 2002. His mother, Judy Neutron, is a beautiful 50's housewife who loves to bake and take care of her family. She has an alter ego, Mighty Mom, who she is transformed into after hypnotization from her son. When she is hypnotized, she spins around cleaning grime and attacking dust-bunnies with her super powers. Her enemies are dirt, lint, and rotten food, which she "flies" around serving justice to.
Overall, I found that nickelodeon portrayed moms in an interesting but mostly stereotypical way. There was never a mother character that was out of the ordinary or unexpected. It was a mix of good and bad moms, some absent, and some holding the family together.