10 TV Moms We Secretly Want to Be


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Laura Petrie, "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Mary Tyler Moore (who played Laura Petrie) with TV husband Dick Van Dyke.
Mary Tyler Moore (who played Laura Petrie) with TV husband Dick Van Dyke.
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Laura Petrie makes our list because we have a secret longing for all things mid-century -- especially fashion. Laura rocked a clean-cut beatnik vibe, but she was more than the sum of her fashion-forward pedal pushers. She embodied the spirit of our modern roles as wives and mothers. Not only was she a constant source of encouragement to her husband and a moral compass to her child, she did it with a well-tuned sense of humor. It's a good reminder not to take ourselves too seriously, even at the end of a 40-hour work week or the discovery of permanent marker scribbled on freshly painted walls.