Have you watched Working Mom on Netflix yet? If you haven’t, I bet you should! It’s one of those shows that is very relatable and has captured what working motherhood is all about.
Anyway, before I move on to some of the lessons you can learn from watching the show, I just want to say thank you for stopping by! It is my pleasure to have you around this blog.
You know, I remember when I was young, although I have a mom, I totally have no idea what being a mom is – well apart from what other people say. Oh! I am not the type who would ask my mom about things like motherhood – so, yeah, I guess that makes my statement more legit, right?
Unlike other women, growing up, I never really imagined myself to become a mom. All I was into was reaching working, making money, traveling, reaching my dreams – you know, a typical young girl who is so full of (herself) dreams. Don’t get me wrong, I did dream of becoming married, but being a mom? Never – not until I was older.
When I met my husband, I knew I was going to marry him (a good thing, he knew he was going to marry me too!). I knew one day, we are going to make our own family. Little by little, it was like I was taking baby steps towards forming a dream of becoming a mother! Quite interesting? Well, I find the transition interesting and thrilling, too.
It was as if I just woke up one day, and maybe someone up there put that desire in my heart. Eventually, I realized I am longing and dreaming to be a mom one – even if I do not have any idea about being one. Well, that’s just fair because – hey, I was still single then.
Fast track, my husband asked me to marry him – you know, I thought, he proposed at the right time. Don’t you just find it amazing!? Well, I did. We got married a year after the engagement. Just enough time to prepare for the wedding – but personally, enough time to build my dream of not just becoming a wide, but becoming a mother. It was like I was preparing myself for motherhood too, even if we were not even there yet.
Fast forward again, a couple of months after the wedding, we found out we were pregnant! Guess what was my initial reaction? I felt scared. I felt really, really scared. No, not because of the pregnancy process, but, I was scared of giving birth! Funny, I know, but if you know me personally, I could be this insane.
Anyway, so the pregnancy was not quite how I expected it to be. It was tough. At some moments I wanted to just sleep and then wake up when it is time to give birth. Morning sickness was horrible – even when at work, I would throw up. It was such a difficult three to four months. But you know, as what mommies surrounding me at work would say, “That is part of being a mom.”
I never really understood what they meant. Never.
So, after nine months, I gave birth to a healthy baby. I thought I was able to prepare myself enough – but you know, there really is no such thing as being prepared enough. Motherhood is just very different. I would say in both good and bad (or not-so-bad) ways.
The day we got home after birth, I just knew then that I was a different person already. With just me and my husband, no nurses or doctors or helpers around, it was totally tough. I must say. Oh wait, if you are not a mom yet, don’t get me wrong, I am just telling the truth. I hope you won’t get discouraged.
I never knew what motherhood is all about – remember? At that moment, I just felt it in my heart that I was already experiencing what motherhood is all about. Even when in pain after an emergency operation, I had to get up to feed my baby. I couldn’t rest because my baby needs me – or else, he will get hungry and even become a horrible little tiny human.
A few weeks after, I thought I already have a system, and things were better, but, I realized, I needed to go back to work. Oh my goodness! No one told me it was hard. It was hard going back to work with a little baby at home! I experienced mom guilt, and then, later on, I started to feel what they call – post-partum depression, which is one of the things you will see in the Working Mom Netflix series.
Working and being a mom felt strange for me, honestly. I felt like they just don’t get along. But you know, my husband and I are not wealthy like other people. Unfortunately, I needed to go back to work. I needed to work not only for our family, and the future of our baby, but later on, I realized, I need work to keep my sanity.
Now, since we are already talking about my working mom’s life, let’s start talking about the Working Mom Netflix series. Why? Because I honestly can relate to the characters, and for sure, if you are a working mom like me, you would also feel the same once you watch the series.
Okay, for those who are quite unfamiliar with the series, Working Mom, let me tell you something about it first. Allow me to introduce it to you.
Disclaimer though, I wasn’t paid for this. I am a mom who loves my fellow moms, so I wanted to share some of my insights about the Working Mom Netflix series. Also because I felt you should watch it too! It was as if it was specifically made for mommies like you and me.
All About Working Mom Netflix Series
The show is about four moms who are going back to work after giving birth and being welcomed to parenthood/motherhood. It is a show that comedic but dramatic at the same time – and, also, very relatable especially among moms!
The series follows the lives of mommies namely:
Kate Foster (Catherine Reitman)
Anne Carlson (Dani Kind)
Jenny Matthews (Jessalyn Wanlim)
Frankie Coyne (Juno Rinaldi)
Kate and Anne are longtime friends. They met Jenny and Frankie in a mom’s group that deals with different life aspects like work problems, relationships, parenting struggles and challenges, and sex problems (I tell you, you better watch this when the kids are already asleep because some topics are #ForAdultsOnly). All four of them are working mothers.
Working mom was written by an all-women group. I would say, the composition of writers made a lot of impact as to how Working Mom Netflix series became really effective and relatable.
In addition, prior to being shown on Netflix, the series actually premiered on CBC Television in 2017. Yes, it is apparently a Canadian television sitcom. It was produced by Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment, which is the production company owned by one of the main casts of the show, Catherine Reitman, and her husband Philip Sternberg.
The series premiered globally over Netflix just recently. To be specific, only last May 29th. Guess what? It must have been well-loved and watched by many because, in fact, it has been renewed for a fourth season that is set to air in the winter of 2020.
All About the Casts and Their Characters in Working Mom Netflix
Catherine Reitman (Kate Foster)
As I mentioned earlier, Catherine and her husband Philip are the producers of the Working Mom Netflix series. But apart from that, she also is the creator and writer, and obviously, one of the main casts of the show. Catherine is not a new name. In fact, she is known as the daughter of the famous director of Ghostbusters, Stripes, Twins and Kindergarten Cop, Mr. Ivan Reitman. In the series, Catherine acts as Kate who is a more privileged working mom compared to her other mommy friends.
Before Catherine starred in Workin’ Moms, she was seen on the screen via Knocked Up, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the famous, How I Met Your Mother.
Dani Kind (Anne Carlson)
Dani, I must say, portrays her character effectively in the series. She acts as Anne, the long-friend of Kate (Reitman) who is known as the no-nonsense psychiatrist who to self-medicates, or should I say, prescribe herself pills. Anne is a ruthless mother of two kids. Prior to Workin’ Mom, Dani was previously starred in Wynonna Earp, In Contempt, and the Good Witch. Dani is from Toronto, Canada.
Jessalyn Wanlim (Jenny Matthews)
Jessalyn’s character in the series, Jenny, is your typical mom who finds it hard to go back to work after taking maternity leave. Jenny took an eight-month maternity, which is, by the way, one of the most awesome benefits of Canadian moms! We can only hope the US will have the same kind of benefit, too, right?
Anyway, back to the character, apart from not being ready to go back to work yet, Jenny is even more pressured to go back working because she made a promise to her screenwriter husband that she would carry the financial burden of the family first so he could pursue her dream. Honestly speaking, Jenny’s character is very relatable among moms.
Moving on, I must say Jessalyn did a really good job in portraying the character. Jessalyn is an actor-model by profession. Viewers recognize her in her famous portrayal as Evie Cho in Orphan Black, as well as Patty Hong in Scoundrels.
Juno Rinaldi (Frankie Coyne)
Juno’s character, Frankie, is not your typical working mom. She is married to her wife named, Giselle. Both of them find it a struggle to keep a cozy life, at the same time, making room for their baby named, Rhoda. In the series, Frankie is described as the big=hearted real estate agent who seems to be very loud and upfront.
Prior to Juno’s stint in Working Mom Netflix series, she was also seen in one of Canada’s all-time Canadian television favorite, Degrassi: The Next Generation.
What I Have Learned from Kate, Anne, Jenny, and Frankie
If you are a mom watching the series, you will surely find yourself in one of the characters, or maybe find something similar in every character.
Personally, here are what I have learned from the four moms:
- Do not forget to take care of yourself.
This may sound so cliché, but it is very real among mommies. Once you become a mom, you tend to forget about taking care of yourself. You devout most, if not all of your time taking care of your baby, making sure she or he has everything she or he needs. You get busy from feedings, diaper changes, following nap schedules, pumping milk, and a lot more! Taking care of yourself? It suddenly becomes irrelevant.
In the series, mommy Frankie disregards her own detached feelings for a while until she realized and had to face the fact that she is dealing with post-partum depression. Frankie reminds me of my own battle with PPD. I never knew or should I say, I knew but neglected the feeling. I felt like, I did not have the time to be bothered or to even make time or recognize what I feel. I guess it is safe to say that a lot of moms are actually acting that way. They tend to not mind how they feel because they thought, they have so much more important matter to attend to.
But here is an important fact, when depression and/or anxiety is neglected or untreated, you may just wake up one day finding yourself so down an low and you wonder how in the heck did you even get into that point, and worse, you do not know how to fix it.
That said, mommies, while it is normal for us to put the interest of our child first, please know that there is totally nothing wrong with minding your thoughts and feelings. It is okay to give yourself a break, to pause from everything, and you know, just allow yourself to breathe.
The thing is, as moms we sometimes put too much pressure on ourselves to make sure we are doing everything right, but we tend to forget that it is more important to feel right so we can be better moms to our children.
- Re-entering the workforce is a journey, so be prepared for what’s ahead.
Probably one of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the show is when Kate was pumping inside the restroom, trying to juggle everything – from pumping to attending work meetings, checking her son, at the same time, adjusting to the new guy who took over while she was on maternity leave.
That scene is what typically happens to the life of a working mom. You know, while some of us are hesitant to go back to work yet, others are so eager to work again hoping that it will bring back normalcy, and the old routine back. However, the truth of the matter is, once you become a mom, even going back to work means you have to deal with new things.
Like you have to add to your daily work schedule some pumping sessions, once in a while checking how your kid is doing at home, and also, by the time you go back to work from your maternity leave, some things on the office might have changed already, which means, you need to adjust to the changes too.
With that said, you need to be prepared – mentally, physically, and emotionally. Allow yourself to adjust to changes. It may take a while, but that’s fine. Take it one day at a time. Eventually, you will be able to settle to the new life you are in.
- Finding the right person to take care of your child is not easy.
I would consider this is the hardest of all. It is totally not easy to find the right person to take care of your child while you are at work. While some may opt to leave their child in daycares or preschools, others may choose to hire a nanny or babysitter or ask a family member to help out. Whatever you go for, one thing is sure, they all come with their own set of challenges.
It is important that even before going back to work, you and your husband make a decision with regards to this matter, and stick to what you think is best.
In the series, Kate found herself in a power struggle with the nanny. You know, it is a nightmare for some breastfeeding moms seeing their kid being fed with formula milk without your knowledge. Honestly, when I saw that scene, I felt horrible. I panicked a little because that happens in real life. Some nannies or even our own family members may tend to follow their thing without even asking first.
From that scene, I realized that as a mom, you should never be afraid to change a nanny or to talk to your mom if something is not right in your point of view. You know, at the end of the day, you are the mom. Your child, your rules as they say.
- Once you become a mom, expect relationships to change, but that is totally fine.
Once your baby comes out, it is normal for some relationships to change – even with your significant other. A baby’s presence really makes a lot of difference – relationships included. While it is okay to embrace the change, do not forget to stay connected and to ensure that both of you are always on the same page.
In the series, Frankie struggled to find a balance between being a fulltime mom and being intimate with her partner. It is important that we, moms, understand our own needs, and the needs of our partners as well. Also, know that in the first few months after birth, hormones play a big part especially if you are breastfeeding. Thus, you really have to learn to cope.
To ensure you keep your relationships secure, make sure to find time to nurture it – even if it is just a few minutes. It makes a lot of difference. Personally, my husband and I have our moment in the morning while the baby is asleep. During this time we catch up and talk about anything and everything just like the old times. Also, from time to time, we go out on dates – a quick one. It is really important, I swear.
In addition to these, here’s one more thing that I learned from watching the Working Mom Netflix series:
- Motherhood is one hell of a ride! Enjoy it while it lasts.
You know, being a working mom or a mom, in general, maybe challenging, and sometimes painful and exhausting, but at the end of the day, it’s totally fun and joyful. It is something that not everyone gets to experience. So, if you are one of the chosen few, you better love it and embrace it.
There you have it, mommies! I hope I was able to share something with you about the series. I swear, it is a must-see for every mommy in the world, and daddies too! It helps open our eyes and hearts to the realities of motherhood.
Go and watch the Working Moms Netflix series today!