Emotional reactions


I've never been able to understand the children's reactions when the mother first announces that she is going to college.

As she is at pains to say, it's not for ever and she will come back for weekends and holidays. They aren't little children who need their mommy all the time, but Sam blubs like a three-year-old and even the nearly adult Ben objects strongly.

I realise that it all goes wrong after a bit, but they aren't to realise this. Is the movie trying to convey that Sarah is violating some principle of American momhood?

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no, they were used to having her around all the time, and they were upset.

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To the OP- I just watched this for the first time and I thought the exact same thing. She tells them that she's going to be home every weekend, and she'll only be away during the week, and the kids start crying hysterically, like she told them she was dying or something. No kids that age would act like that over something so minor, and so temporary.

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And now you have a window on how it was for women in the 1990s (and certainly earlier!). Even one reviewer of this movie on IMDB called Mulgrew "the most selfish mother in TV history," lol.

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