It’s hard to find accurate pictures of motherhood. Especially on TV. People overexaggerate or underestimate how much work it’s going to be.
Feeding. Diapering. Terrible two’s. Preschool. Kindergarten. Testing. Middle school. Hormones. Feeding adult appetites. Attitudes. Dating. College prep. College.
Imagine being a single, working mother raising three daughters — a teenager, an eccentric middle child, and a spicy young daughter. Add to that helping to care for your mother…who lives across the street.
In addition to looking after your family, what if you were trying to earn a living in a difficult industry while having time to have fun with friends and, occasionally, get in some private time with potential suitors?
That’s exactly what FX’s new show Better Things is. It just premiered last week and you can catch it on Thursday nights at 10.
Better Things is a new comedy series on FX co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., starring Adlon as Sam Fox – an actress, with no filter, who is also a single mother raising three daughters — teenager Max, eccentric middle child Frankie, and spicy youngest daughter Duke — in Los Angeles.
She is mom, dad, referee and the cops.
She also helps to care for her mother, Phil, who lives across the street. In addition to looking after her family, Sam tries to earn a living in the difficult acting industry while having time to have fun with friends and, occasionally, get in some private time with potential mates.
While watching this show, I get the refreshingly realistic sense that Sam’s life is a lot like mine (even though I am married, live in Virginia, only have two kids and none of the other responsibilities she has).
Here are three truths about motherhood that NO ONE can deny:
As moms, we tend to sacrifice ourselves and make sure that our children, our husbands, and our home are taken care of before we take care of ourselves.
But if you use up all of your energy on everyone else, who is going to take care of you? So, please be sure that you are getting enough sleep. I personally have to have 8 hours of sleep or I tend to get cranky (and then have to make up the sleep that I did not get over the weekend).
But you know your body better than I do, so just try to get the amount of sleep your body needs, whether that’s more or less than 8 hours each night.
In my house, we only have two hours to get homework, dinner, baths, and everything else done before my six-year-old daughter needs to get in the bed.
It’s easy to feel guilty when I have to make her go to bed when it seems we just got home – and as she says, “but we haven’t played yet!”
So, when the night feels like it’s ending too quickly. We just snuggle up with a good book or while watching one of her favorite shows. Ending the night on a cozy note always makes bedtime easier.
3. Sometimes Quality Time is Spent
Spending time together as a family takes planning, but it’s a great investment. When our kids feel close to us, they try harder to please us and make us proud, which then makes the whole family stronger. Planning doesn’t have to be complicated — with a little bit of effort, we can turn bonding into a lifetime of funny, sweet stories and lasting memories.
When you’re planning for family activities, make sure to involve your kids in the process. You’ll be surprised at their suggestions!
I call it multi-tasking if we can talk about the day while getting what we need from the store.
Why You Might Relate to This Show
If you are a take-charge type of person who doesn’t let your circumstances get the best of you, you will love Sam. If you stand up for your kids and keep it real with your expectations of their friends, you might be Sam. If someday you might be looking after your mom, while simultaneously caring for your own family, you understand Sam.
I know I do!
Lucky for you, FX is giving away the Better Things experience in the form of an amazing swag bag to one lucky reader.
How to Win a Better Things Swag Bag
The Swag Bag includes:
• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints
Head over to the Better Things website and tell me which clip is your favorite and WHY! Your comment must be thoughtful and I will be reviewing the comments to ensure they are.
This promotion is open until September 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen randomly. Winner must respond to email within 24 hours or prize may be forfeited.
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