It’s been a long time since a pilot of a new television series spoke to me as a parent and as a mom. I lead a bit of an unapologetic life. I run a couple of my own businesses. I have been traveling for work for years. The moment my maternity leave was up, I went back to work. In fact, I went back early. I’m not exactly maternal. I don’t do coddling, and I certainly don’t do suburbanite mom. Thanks to Megan Media and the ABC #AmericanHousewife blogging program for sponsoring this paid blog post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
“American Housewife,” a new fall comedy from ABC, premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 8:30|7:30c on ABC, and I can’t wait. Katie Otto is a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raising her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut. The new series chronicles the daily life of an average mother and wife who doesn’t fit in with the housewives and their privileged children in her town. Gosh, she reminds me of myself. Although I have four kids, I can relate to the need to be a perfect suburbanite mom in a wealthy suburban neighborhood. Katie and her family are only in Westport for the great schools that could benefit their special needs daughter, and Katie definitely doesn’t fit the stereotype of the typical “perfect,” pretty, and petite Westport mom. I can relate to picking a neighborhood solely for the quality of its schools and having no interest in fitting in with the suburbanite mom clique.
Check out the trailer for ABC’s “American Housewife:
Dirty hair? Check. Pajamas? Check. Permission slips forgotten? Yep. Oh, you wanted bake sale items? How about an Abe Lincoln? Will that suffice? I love my kids, but the struggle is real. There are days I appear to really have it all together, but it’s a farce. I swear. Yes, I’m telling you all my dirty little secrets. Really, I’m a hot mess. I’m an anxiety-ridden basket case who can barely get dressed in the morning, let alone get my kids out the door. I mean, that’s not me every day. There are some days where things run pretty smoothly, but many days they just don’t run smoothly at all.
When we lived in Vermont, we didn’t have school buses in our town. Our kids walked to school. From the end of our neighborhood walkway, it was less than the length of a football field from the crossing guard to the school. The first day of class, we walked my kindergartner and second grader into their classrooms. Everyone was excited. No issues. On the second day of school, my husband walked our children to the edge of the walkway to where he could see them with the crossing guard, and let them walk with the rest of their friends for the last 150 feet to the school door. Off he went to work. I was already at my office.
About ten minutes after school started, I got a call at work from the principal’s office. Turns out, about two minutes after my husband turned around, my daughter decided she wasn’t going to school—she would rather go home and stay with me. So she flung herself around a telephone pole and refused to budge.
Long story short, a parent friend saw her, talked to her, couldn’t get her to move, grabbed the principal (who’s fabulous), and he got her to come to his office to call me. It made me feel like the world’s most epic failure of a parent. My kid was wrapped around a telephone pole in front of the entire school. She wanted to walk the rest of the 150 feet with her friends and brother, so we let her, and this is what I got!
So you can see why I’m super excited for “American Housewife” to premiere on October 11th. She’s more relatable to me than any mom I’ve seen on TV. She gets me. And I get her.
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To start the show off with a bang, @SocialMoms is hosting an American Housewife Twitter Party on October 11th from 4-5 PM PST (7-8 PM EST) where you could win all kinds of cash prizes for tweeting with the hashtags #AmericanHousewife AND #chat. It’s a fun way to get pumped about the show (and blow off some steam!), so make sure to join and share your #AmericanHousewife and #MomFail stories (rules here!).
Also, through October 14th, you could win a $500 grand prize by participating in the #AmericanHousewife Instagram Sweeps. This is a fun one: you have to upload a picture showing your own personal #MomFail to Instagram. It’ll be nice to finally see all us moms unafraid to share our failures. Make sure to include the hashtag #AmericanHousewife in your caption to win!