We're sure by now you've binge-watched Workin' Moms a million times. Catherine Reitman nails it in the series and it's so funny it hurts. While we don't know when the new season will drop (hey, if we had our way, it would've been the perfect binge for a long weekend) but here we are with no date on the horizon.

In the meantime, here are a few similar movies and series to keep you entertained. Some are funny, others are more serious, but they all highlight the tough, powerful, beautiful mamas that we strive to be.


1. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Gracie and Frankie are friends who always compete. But their friendship takes a turn when they lean thier husbands are in love with each other.

2. Mom (Hulu)

A single mom struggles with stabilizing her life while dealing with her troubling mother.

3. Call the Midwife (Netflix)

Take a look into the world of midwifery in 1950s London.

4. Good Girls (Netflix)

Three ladies take control over their life but in the wrong way. They hold up a local grocery store and learn the lessons that come with bad decisions.

5. I'm Sorry (Netflix)

A mother learns how to manage her inner child in this comedy.

6. The Letdown (Netflix)

A new mom meets interesting friends at a support group for new parents.

7. Yummy Mummies (Netflix)

Explore the world of four rich, young moms-to-be in Australia.

8. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Learn the surprising twists and turns of two families brought together through their children.

9. Stories We Tell (Prime Video)

A filmmaker explores the truth about her family secrets.

10. The Fosters (Netflix)

A comedy about identity and fostering a child.

11. Gilmore Girls (Netflix)

Delve into the highs and lows of family and friendships in a storybook Connecticut town.


12. Wine Country (Netflix)

Six women learn the truth about themselves (and each other) while traveling to Napa Valley.

13. Other People (Netflix)

A writer moves back home only to discover life with his parents isn't what it used to be.

14. I Don't Know How She Does It (Netflix)

A career-driven mom struggles to balance family life and her new love interest at work.

15. Grandma (Hulu)

An unconventional grandma helps her granddaughter terminate her unwanted pregnancy in a comedic manner.

16. Eat Pray Love (Amazon Prime)

A newly divorced woman goes on a trip of a lifetime to discover herself.

17. Fun Mom Dinner (Netflix)

Four preschool moms get closer as they experience an eventful night on the town together.

18. The Kids Are All Right (Hulu)

Lesbian couple Nic and Jules parent their soon to be adult children when the sperm donor makes a reappearance in their life.

19. Mother (Hulu)

A mother receives and unexpected knock on her door one night that severely impacts her life.

20. Otherhood (Netflix)

Three mamas drive a great distance to connect with their sons on Mother's Day.

21. Us (Hulu)

Haunted by her childhood experiences, a mother faces her worst fears when her past effects her children.


22. Babies (Netflix)

A documentary by Thomas Balmès, highlights the importance of child development in an infant's first year.

23. Stories We Tell (Amazon Prime)

Sarah Polley investigates the hard facts about her family.

24. The Story of Mothers and Daughters (Amazon Prime)

Over 50 women share the most important moments with their mothers and daughters.

25. Breastmilk The Movie (Amazon Prime)

Mothers share the highs and lows of their breastfeeding journey.

26. The Mama Sherpas (Amazon Prime)

Doctors weigh in on the role of midwives within the medical system.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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I was blissfully asleep on the couch while my little one was occupied elsewhere with toys, books and my partner. She got bored with what they were doing, escaped from his watch and, sensing my absence, set about looking for me. Finding me on the couch, nose-level, she peeled back my one available eyelid, singing, "Mama? Mama? ...You there? Wake UP!"

Sound familiar? Nothing limits sleep more than parenthood. And nothing is more sought after as a parent than a nap, if not a good night's rest.

But Mother Nature practically guarantees that you are likely to be woken up by a toddler—they're hardwired to find you (and get your attention) when you're "away."


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