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10 Parenting Takeaways From The Kinda Absent Parents Of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Midge Maisel is a lot of things, but a helicopter mom isn’t one of them. It’s actually kind of easy to forget her kids, to be honest, but they’re there. In fact, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is full of parenting moments.

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#1. Use That Tribe

As a working mom of two, Midge is all about pulling in her family to delegate. After her separation from Joel, she moves in with parents Rose and Abe and leaves them to babysit so she can do stand-up. As it should be.

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#2. Have Your Own Life

Like how Midge’s mom Rose, who moved to Paris because, as she said in Season 2, “I don’t feel like I have a life here anymore. I’m unhappy and I’m tired of being unhappy.”

Sure, this might not be possible for everyone. But... a mom can dream right?

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#3. Co-Parenting Isn’t Easy, But It Can Work

When Midge goes on tour in Season 3, Joel takes care of their children. Because that’s actually a thing.

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#4. Grandparents Have Zero Filters

Poor Esther. Rose tends to really lay on the zingers, so it’s good Midge nips those in the bud. “Mama, she’s a baby,” Midge tells her mom after she said Esther isn’t pretty.

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#5. You’ll Doubt Yourself As A Parent

As Midge says, “What if some of us are just supposed to talk to adults our entire life?” fighting back at the idea that all women should want to be moms.

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#6. Parenting Never, Ever Ends

Midge is an adult, but that doesn’t stop her parents from parenting. Whether she likes it or not. As Abe said, “You’re my daughter! Your concerns are my concerns.” Wise man.

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#7. Your Friends Don’t Always Want To Hear About Your Kids

Your friends can only look at so many photos of your kids and Susie can only handle so much kid talk. Fortunately for her, it doesn’t seem to happen too often.

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#8. Family Comes First

Abe makes it clear that no one can threaten his daughter or he “will punch you right in the nose.” Other than him if someone bothers him in his study, of course.

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#9. Be True To Yourself

Midge will surely teach her daughter to be honest about what she wants. As she said during one of her stand-up routines, “Why do women have to pretend to be something that they’re not? Why do we have to pretend to be stupid when we’re not stupid?”

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#10. Your Kids Will Surprise You

Abe finds out a whole lot when he catches Midge’s act. “It’s weird with fathers and daughters,” he says in Season 2. “Fathers never know who their daughters are. And they don’t want to know, do they?”