Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
Momtagonists: 7 Moms Who Get to Be The Hero
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:32 pm, May 9th, 2012
Helen (Elastigirl) Parr
Helen Parr is the mother of three children and one very risk-prone husband, making a family that has a history of frequent relocation due to her husband’s difficulty with keeping a low profile. You see, the Parrs are Supers, required by the government to never use their powers in public. This environment has taken a toll on her kids.The oldest is introverted and has few friends, the middle one continually acts out in school, risking yet another family move.
And yet, her kids are bright, brave, and loving. She never wastes an opportunity to reinforce a good lesson, reward a job well done, or firmly reassert the notion that things will get better. And if they don’t, she’ll damn well make them that way.
At the very beginning of The Incredibles, Helen wants anything but to settle down and start a family, at least for now. There’s still plenty of world to save. It’s her husband-to-be Bob who’d like to settle down. But the next time we see her, after the ban of super activities, she’s fully embraced the new reality: supers have got to integrate with society, and for her that means three kids, a happy home, and making sure nobody knows that she and her husband can lift cars and slide under doors. She’s frustrated with the situation, sure, but her motives are with making a stable home for her children. But when disaster strikes she resumes the superhero life, with a helpful nudge from a female friend, she makes sure that the family that beats up henchmen and giant robots together, stays together.
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