I have to admit, I was not a Game of Thrones fan until a couple of months back. I have never read the books. In fact, I started watching the first episode on a whim just to understand what the fuss was all about. And for the first half of the episode, I didn’t quite get it 😉 and happily toggled with an old episode of “Friends” (Yes, I am ancient!) to keep things interesting. Just when I was about to dismiss it as a series not worth my time – free time being a luxury in my homeschooling SAHM universe – Bran fell off the wall and the wheels were set in motion.
Since then, I have watched Seasons 1 to 5 in a marathon binge and like millions of other Games of Thrones fans worldwide, I’d held my breath until very recently (last week to be more accurate) and had waited eagerly for Season 6’s drama to unfold.
Though watching this series pre-ordains my 4.5-year-old to be in bed and all my “Mommy-ness” set aside, I cannot help but revisit the characters with motherhood-tinted glasses because that’s what being a mom does to you. Seriously, I have lost count of the number of times I have drifted into my own world worrying about the feelings of the mothers in the series instead of focusing on the story-line in progress (Thank God for Pause and Rewind, without which I would be totally lost!).
Anyway, thanks to all the wait-time and tension leading up to the beginning of Season 6, I had ample time to run the series in my head in a loop and wonder about the parenting ways of the Game of Thrones Mothers. So, without further ado, here’s a study of the parenting styles of the GOT moms for you. Which one of the characters do you identify with the most, which one do you like/dislike the most? Check out my views and don’t forget to share yours in the comments section below.
Beautiful, intelligent, proud, strong and generous, Catelyn Stark is the quintessential epitome of mothering perfection. We all know a mother like her. Yes, the one who brings out the green-eyed monster of envy in us, the one who always looks put-together, has the best ideas, is never flustered and always knows how to raise her children right in a responsive yet demanding fashion. In return, her children are fiercely independent thinkers and know how to carve out their own paths and make their mother proud.
I know what you are thinking – No, she is not a hundred percent perfect. Yes, that’s true. For one, her maternal instincts are not all encompassing, Jon Snow being the glaring exclusion to her motherly love. Secondly, in her urge to do the right thing, she gets pushy sometimes like forcing Robb to marry the Frey girl. And last but not the least, if you really think about it, her intense need for justice and revenge is what got the wheel spinning to begin with!
Everybody loves to hate Cersei but no one can deny her truly unconditional love for her children. She is ambitious, shrewd, manipulative and willful, but when it came to her children, she is nothing but lenient, indulgent and permissive; so much so that Joffrey, her first born ends up being a total brat, tyrant, and a bully and….