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Hollywood Parents: 10 Realistic On-Screen Moms (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 23, 2012

Gilmore Girls: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Lorelai and Rory are BFFs, which can make their mother-daughter relationship complicated every now and again. They both dish about romances, but when it comes time for discipline, Lorelai struggles with her authoritarian role. Hey, no parent is perfect! It ignites the age-old debate of whether better to be your child's friend or parent. In the end, it probably just matters that you're there.

Little Miss Sunshine: Sheryl Hoover. In Little Miss Sunshine, Sheryl Hoover is driving her family to get her awkward daughter Olive to a beauty pageant. Hopping in their VW bus, the family travels cross-country, not letting anything (a broken horn, a deceased grandfather, a teenage crisis) get in their way. A mom that would do just about anything for her kids? That might sound familiar.

The Middle: Frankie Heck. Parenting can be draining, especially when you've sacrificed your entire life to your kids. At least, that's how Frankie Heck feels. She has three awesome kids, but occasionally feels stuck in her role as completely selfless parent. And really, what mom hasn't had a "what if" moment? But, like most real-life moms, Frankie picks up, dusts off and goes back to taking care of her kids.

Dan in Real Life: Dan and his Daughters. When Dan is left a widower with three small daughters, he has to learn the ropes of being both a mom and a dad. And guess what? Not every moment is touching enough to require soft background music. There's a lot of misunderstanding, arguing and empty threats, just like any normal family. But despite the slammed doors and the sulky teenage attitudes, Dan proves that parenting is kind of a learn-as-you-go job.

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