Striking Mums, Which Movie Mum am I?

Wow the question this week for striking Mum’s is tough; the lovely Kate has asked what film characters inspire you? And which ones do you think you look like?

I am going with question no 1 as I can’t think whom on earth I would compare myself to looks wise. So, inspiring film Mum’s, hmmmm.

The film  Mum that I can really relate to is Susan Hefley played by Rachael Harris, in the wonderful Dairy of a Wimpy Kid.

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I can so relate to Susan and how she is constantly trying to encourage her boys to get along, and how she puts up with the constant bickering of siblings. Greg and Roderick have a similar age gap as Jack and Joe, and some days I feel her pain ha ha.

diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-8-books-set-collection-pack-series-33180-pThat’s normal family life isn’t it, siblings are incredible aren’t they, love each other to the ends of the earth yet one says white then the other will categorically say black.

She is a supportive Mum that’s also has her own life outside her children yes puts her family first and loves family time, and getting them all together for family activities.

I can also relate to the fact that her boys say she is embarrassing, you see mine say I am too, yet like Susan I feel actually I am an incredibly cool Mum. My two just don’t appreciate my coolness ha ha.

Its weird isn’t it, your Mum style is a little like your learning style, or blogging style. It evolves. And I am totally not the Mum I thought I would be. I mean that in positive way, but I am a lot less pushy than I thought I would be, and like the boys to make their own decisions to a certain point. I like them to make the right choice in life and they can only do this if given choice.

Dictatorship in my humble opinion may get immediate results but is it good long-term? I used to know a girl who had zero tolerance on sweets and juice, her children were just not allowed it, to the point that she was neurotic when out in public in case a trace of sugar crossed their lips. Yet as they grew older and had freedom away from her they gorged on sugar. Her sentiment although very well intended had quite the opposite effect.

Who knows if I am getting it right, I might be getting it all so wrong? All I can do is hope that growing up in democratic household, of course with boundaries. But also with choices and consequences for outcomes, will shape the boys into well-rounded young men.

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. 30th March 2015 / 8:17 am

    Boss choice, I like her! How she copes with them two bickering, her littlest and that plonker husband of hers I’ll never know, lol! I love Diary of a Wimpy Kid far more than I should, haha! X#StrikingMums x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      30th March 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Ha ha i give you a week with my two, they are lovely but bicker like mad xx

  2. 30th March 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Interesting choice and enjoyed learning about her as new to me. Sibling rivalry between boys is a scary thing to behold. I am sure you are carrying off the whole parenting thing like the whole blogging thing womanfully.
    Already looking forward to seeing you again in June

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      30th March 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks Kate, yes I can cope with the terrible two bless them, yes can’t wait to see you, so looking forward to brit Mums x

  3. 30th March 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Love this! Great choice! I am hoping I will be very cool when mine are teens, but I am sure I won’t be to them! Ha ha. Siblings hey? My boy/girl twins love and hate each other so much throughout the day and it’s exhausting!! Great post xx #twinklytuesday

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      30th March 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks Jess, and yes my two wouldn’t know cool if they fell over it clearly, how many mums tree treck, scale climbing walls and ice skate xx

  4. 30th March 2015 / 8:23 pm

    I love this. I don’t know this mum but she sounds like an awesome mum to be like. And Sarah, I don’t care what your kids say, I think you are a very cool mum. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      30th March 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Ah thank you Mrs H, they know i am cool just to cool to admit it ha ha xx

  5. 30th March 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I don’t think any of us are the mother we expected to be. I try and strike a balance. But I’m sure whatever, my kids will think I’m uncool. But I’m not to fussed as long as they grow up to be happy (and not killers). 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
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      30th March 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Ha ha thank you and yes great sentiment, its about striking a balance isn’t it?

  6. 1st April 2015 / 9:12 am

    I am sure you are getting it right, just think about the ski trip! You are a fab Mum and your boys adore you, you can see that from all the happy photos!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      1st April 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much Karen that is such a lovely thing to say you are a fab friend xx

  7. 1st April 2015 / 9:58 pm

    good choice i have no idea who I’m like, although been told twice recently i look like reese weatherspoon or how ever its spelt i don’t see it!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      1st April 2015 / 10:38 pm

      Oh you are Amy, and thank you xxx

  8. 1st April 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Susan Heffley – that is brilliant! I often joke with my boys if i’m trying to sneak something ‘educational’ into a game that I’m being like Greg heffley’s mum and they think its hilarious as we’ve all read ALL of the wimpy kid books. #strikingmums

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st April 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you, we love the diary of a wimpy kid books here too xx

  9. 2nd April 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Have never read these books — or watched the film — so can’t relate to that! But I TOTALLY agree with you that, I’m not the mum I thought I’d be either!! I thought I’d struggle much more and find it difficult but — dare-I-say-it — I was MADE for this!! I have loved every single second. It will be interesting to see how things pan out as the boys grow though… am hoping my parenting style will grow, and change, with them!

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      2nd April 2015 / 11:48 pm

      Thanks Caro, they will no doubt read the books when they are older my two love them x

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