Final Smore

By: Lacy Copeland

~Novels~

For some reason, it is hard for children to imagine who our mothers were before they were our mothers. Reading "The Year We Were Famous" by Carol Estby Dagg, made me realize that we do not fully understand our mothers until we have the ability to put ourselves in their shoes and feel the need to get to know our mothers better. This book made me question how well I knew my mother, and made me want to know her more for who she really is, not just who she is as a mother.

~Films~

Representations of motherhood through film have changed tremendously over time. During the 30s mothers were represented as independent, caring, and most of all supportive of their children, or so was the case of my move, Little Women. I aspire to be a mother similar to Marmee, firm but loving at all times. In our generation it is becoming increasingly popular to depict mothers who are falling apart and do not have everything together. I know that this is the case for many mothers, but not for a prolonged period of time like movies today suggest. I think a combination of seeing a mother "put together," then falling apart for a short time, and then climbing back up would be the perfect portrayal of a mother; one I hope to see in the near future.

New Season of Moms in Television!

Thursday, April 30th, 12:45pm

In a TV close to you!

Moms on television are have changed over time as well. Through the sixties we got a glimpse of motherhood as wearing pearls to vacuum the house, taking care of every need of the children, and always having food on the table when the husband came home from a hard day at work. Then came the seventies with a burst of girl power. We saw moms as single and independent mothers who could always financially provide for her children. During the eighties we saw mothers working outside the home, probably a part-time job, and coming home to do the house chores. She got the fulfillment of work outside the home and the fulfillment of being a mother. With the onset of the 90s came the fully working household. Mothers and fathers were working full time to make ends meet for their family.

Now-a-days we see a variety of mothers and every show has a different portrayal of motherhood. What will we see next?

~Advertising~

Mothers in advertisements are always looking out for their children with the aid of a new product. I feel that more "perfect" mothers are portrayed through the advertising medium. They are always making baseball pants white after being dirty, using Pam for cooking to impress their neighbors, and giving their children milk for their health, all the things a mom "should" do. I really enjoyed the advertising project, I have never thought about what real mothers would think of mothers that are portrayed in ads. In fact, I have not thought about the concept of motherhood in terms of how they are represented until I took this class. It almost upsets me how mothers are portrayed as only mothers, and how it seems that being a mother is the only identity that a mother can have.

~Magazines~

In women's magazines during the 30s mothers could send in advise about motherhood for other moms to read about. Back in those days magazines were all about articles and novels, not so much about pictures. In the Parents' Magazine in the mid 30s the general theme of the magazine was to give advise about all things parenting, especially for mothers. There were several articles on how to be a good mother and do everything right for your family. From this magazine I have learned that mothers are very self-conscious about being mothers. They want to be the best mom in the world, and they try so hard.

~The End~

Taking this course I have learned that many mothers are very hard on themselves to become the perfect mother. It makes me appreciate mothers all around, their hard work and dedication to their children is so heartwarming. I can now understand different things my mom does and it helps me have a better perspective of motherhood. I am afraid that when I become a mother I will lose myself in my kids. I am afraid that I will be "Mom" and not "Lacy," not just to my children, but to everyone that I meet. I am going to try to be more than just a mother. Maybe I will look to Parents' Magazine for help, maybe I will look up to mothers in the media for advise on how to raise my children, or maybe I will ask my mom. Either way, this class has opened my eyes to motherhood and I look forward to being a mother in the future.