New TLC Show Highlights Excessively Close Mother-Daughter Relationships

Mothers and daughters are supposed to be close but the duos on TLC's new show, sMothered, take things to the extreme – and boy is it awkward.

Two cast members from TLC's sMothered on couch
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If there’s anything that I’ve learned through my almost 29 years on this planet is that moms and daughters go through phases.

As an infant, I adored my mom. In fact, my dad likes to tell me the time I screamed for two hours while she was out running errands. As soon as she came home and he handed me to her, I stopped.

As a young child, my dad and I had similar interests so I grew a bit closer to him and distanced myself a bit from her – though she did lead my Girl Scouts troop before I lost interest. As a teen, I didn’t want anything to do with either one of them and now that I’m in my late 20s I have a fairly solid relationship with her.

We actually have a friendship now.

We go out to dinner on occasion and I talk to her at least once a week. She watches me play roller derby once a month and I have zero hesitation reaching out to her (or my dad) when I need advice.

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We’re close, but it’s healthy. I’m not sure the same can be said for the mother-daughter duos on TLC’s new show, sMothered.

The show, which premiered on June 9, 2019, explores the lives of moms and daughters who have close relationships – uncomfortably close relationships.

In the first episode, viewers meet three mother-daughter pairs. The first is Cher, 28, and her mom Dawn, 59, who live in separate states but talk to one another every few hours.

It is revealed the Cher is pregnant with her first child and eagerly wants to tell her mom. Her husband asks her not to but she turns around and gives her a positive home pregnancy test behind his back.

It gets even more weird from there with Las Vegas mom Sunhe, 51, and her daughter Angelica, 31, who share the same bath water – and California duo Mariah, 21, and Sandra, 45, who got breast enhancement together (which they show off to their dad/ex-husband in the episode) and actually visit the OB-GYN together.

These moms and daughters dress and act alike and their relationships with one another put strain on their relationships with their siblings and significant others.

All in all, it’s very similar to other TLC documentaries but we need to talk about these relationships for a second because there is no way in hell that I’d go to the vagina doctor and get a pelvic exam alongside my mom – or preemptively announce a pregnancy to her without my husband or partner’s blessing.

And I hope I’m not alone in that.

Having a solid relationship with your mom is great but there are going to be times in your life that you need to share with other people – or that you need to do alone.

I understand wanting to spend time with your mom and wanting that bond. After all, you only get one and when she’s gone, she’s gone, but maybe an occasional dinner or shopping day with her would be more appropriate than hopping into her funky bathwater… I’m just saying.

Do you have any intention of watching this new TLC show and have you witnessed excessively close parent-child relationships? Tell us about them in the comments.

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