I recently started binge watching Jane the Virgin, and I am officially obsessed. Do you watch? I love the show for so many reasons, Gina Rodriguez is amazing and such a great role model for young moms, but I think the thing I love the most about the show is how accurately they depict new motherhood. Well, as accurately as they can for a show that mirrors a telenovela.
So here are a few things that JTV portrays really well that I believe most of today’s television shows and movies involving motherhood totally fail at:
1. Jane's son Mateo is PRESENT!
I hate when someone on TV has a baby, and then after maybe one episode they go back to living their normal life like nothing has changed and you barely see the baby. In JTV, Jane's son Mateo is almost always in the shot with Jane, and if he's not, they make it a point to comment on who is watching him. #childcareproblems
2. Jane's son Mateo is always eating!
Is that the truth or what? Jane's son is constantly snacking at his high chair or eating from his snack cup. Now I'm sure it's the only way the producers can keep this adorable child actor engaged for the camera shot, but I love it anyway because aren’t your kids ALWAYS snacking? Well, until it's actually meal time and then nothing short of a physical restraint will keep them at the table.
3. They deal with REAL mom issues.
There have been so many episodes that deal with real mom topics. Not just "typical" TV mom topics like crying babies and sleep deprivation, but they go deeper and address things like: Sleep Training, The "Cry it Out" Method, Nursing Strikes, Plagiocephaly, Separation Anxiety, Breastmilk vs. Formula, Mom's Identity, Childcare, Single Motherhood, Mom Guilt, Impact on Friendships, and one of the most annoying things... Unsolicited Mom Advice!
4. They support mom groups!
I recently watched an episode where Jane brings another mom character, Petra, to a moms group.
Obviously I have a personal connection here (YAY MOMS GROUPS!!!) but it is through this group and through conversing with other moms that Petra realizes she might be suffering from postpartum depression. Thank you JTV for bringing this incredibly difficult yet common and important topic to TV.
5. They remind you that every mom is different, and that's okay.
Four of the main characters on the show are mothers, and these mother’s range in age and parenting style. There are old school moms, newage moms, hands on and “outsource” moms, nursing moms and formula moms, and everything in between. But at the end of the day, I feel no judgement on the show. Every mom is doing it her way, and that way is the best way for her and her child, and I absolutely love that.
So if you don't currently watch Jane the Virgin, I highly recommend it for your next Netflix binge. And if you are a new mom that hasn't showered in a week? Jane gets it.