Let’s stop for a moment and think of the practicality and reality of parading around all day in heels and a dress; where lunch dates consist of uninterrupted banter with girlfriends while the children are somewhere off with the nanny. Please people, this is so far removed from the true reality us “average” housewives are living. Just once I would love to see a television show that highlights the reality of this housewife and true working mom – you know, the mom that is up at 5 am so that she can get into the bathroom uninterrupted and have herself semi put together before flipping on bedroom lights and ordering children to get up and get ready for school. The mom that battles with the moans and groans of children who are moving slower than slow while she struggles to finished getting dressed and look somewhat presentable – all the while she is simultaneously putting backpacks and lunches in the car and making breakfast. Oh wait, and did I mention right before everyone is set to walk out of the door she wakes up her sleeping toddler, changes her, puts her in her car seat and off they all go – the two older children to morning care and she and her toddler off to her work. That’s right – work, as in a full time job five days a week where she puts in close to 9 hours before picking up her toddler and then heading home to grab her two other children from aftercare. Then of course there is the after school and work reality – that of cooking dinner while simultaneously doing homework amidst the wales and meltdowns of how the work is too hard; cleaning out and repacking backpacks, doing laundry and making lunches for the next day. And of course don’t forget to add in returning phone calls to track down the plumber about the leaky sink, dispute a credit card charge, and make several overdue appointments – all the while the kids suddenly feel the need to seek your attention that very moment you dial your phone. Where is the television show that highlights this mom? Certainly shows like “The Real Housewives of….whatever city…. and even certain family sitcoms don’t even come close to portraying the reality of what the majority of us average moms face every day. Oh and if your wondering where dad is, dad works a 10 hour graveyard shift five to six days a week so he’s sleeping while your conducting your circus act.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining…this is the role I chose – but rather I wish to highlight that the majority of what is portrayed on television is not the norm for the “average housewife” today. While our challenges are probably too ordinary to garner ratings they are the reality of our worlds. And while you can argue that various reality television shows are for the sole purpose of entertainment, and to divert us away from our own chaos, it would be refreshing to just once turn on the TV and see a show I can relate to.