Talk to any Mean Girls fan and they’ll agree: Regina George’s mom is the best thing to come out of the entire movie.
She’s hilarious, unlike any movie mom we’ve ever seen, and her laugh out loud one-liners are arguably the most memorable thing about the iconic flick.
Though many simply dismiss her as the quirky, unconventional, mom in the classic girl-powered comedy, here are five reasons she’s actually a great role model other parents can learn a thing or two from.
1. She keeps it real when it comes to teen drinking
While most parents practically fall over backwards at the thought of their kids drinking, Mrs. George seems to have a better grasp on the reality that the majority of teens engage in underage drinking. According to the Surgeon General of the US, “By age 18, more than 70% of teens have had at least one (alcoholic) drink.” Instead of naively assuming her kids will never touch a lick of alcohol, which some parents argue is unrealistic, Mrs. George takes a more progressive approach, allowing alcohol consumption under her supervision, where she can teach them about drinking in moderation and developing responsible drinking habits.
While the national conversation about underage alcohol use is still widely debated and under-researched, letting your kid drink under your surveillance is considerably safer than letting them drink in an unknown location where monitoring alcohol consumption is all but impossible.
2. She promotes safe sex relentlessly
In the infamous scene where Regina George and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Shane Oman are about to get it on, Mrs. George pops into the room to make sure they have a full supply of condoms, and even offers them snacks to boot. It’s a well-known fact that in states where abstinence-only education is the law of the land (we’re looking at you Texas), rates of teen pregnancies shoot through the roof. Whether or not you like the idea of teens having sex, the fact is they’re probably going to be doing it anyways, so why not prepare them for when the time comes by teaching them about safer sex and getting proper consent.
It’s important to note that, “when you withhold medical information about sexuality from children and teens, you are endangering health and lives,” as Jessica Valenti wisely says. Teaching a comprehensive sex education and introducing contraceptives like condoms into your children’s lives are important because they reduce the risk of STDs and unwanted pregnancies, something I think most parents can get behind.
3. She stays involved in her kid’s life, humiliating as that might be
According to recent data from the Pew Research Center, approximately half of two-parent households report both parents working full-time. It’s hard enough working a full-time job, and harder yet balancing a job with raising a kid, making Mrs. George’s dedication to staying involved in Regina’s life all the more meaningful. Although it’s not outright stated whether or not Mrs. George has a job, one thing’s for sure: she’s Regina’s biggest supporter, no matter how ridiculous she looks.
How many other parents can say they passionately and unabashedly dance along to their kid’s cheesy high school performances while videotaping at the same time?
4. She actively communicates with her kids
Communication is key. That is the golden rule of all relationships. When Mrs. George converses with her daughter using teen lingo, it seems comical at first but shows she’s making a pointed effort to communicate with her daughter in a way she can relate to.
While some parents strive to do the bare minimum, Mrs. George goes above and beyond by asking simple questions like how her day is going and taking the time to get to know her, shown to improve kids’ self-esteem and self-confidence.
5. She’s just plain awesome
This one’s just a bonus, but Mrs. George photobombing her own kid’s prom pictures? Amazing. Okay, if a parent ever did this in real life, it would probably be a teen’s worst nightmare.
But you have to admit that when you spotted Mrs. George posing alongside Regina and her date in the final scene of the movie, it made your stomach clench from laughing so hard and further solidified Mrs. George’s status as your favorite movie mom.
Though it’s easy to poke fun at Mrs. George’s quirky antics, her commitment to openly communicating with her child, teaching her a comprehensive sex education, and overall being involved in her kid’s life is more than commendable.
If Regina George’s mom was a real person alive today, she would fit right in with this generation’s new breed of parents, many of whom are embracing progressive parenting, that is, parenting with the goal of connection as opposed to control, guidance instead of punishment, and support instead of dictation.
While many simply laugh at her character’s zany parenting methods, we now realize that Mrs. George might just be the best mom we’ve never had.