NBC Universal: The Mysteries of Laura
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Laura Diamond (Debra Messing of Will and Grace) is a dedicated NYPD homicide detective trying to create a work/life balance under incredibly challenging circumstances. She is the classic overwhelmed, multitasking, “Working Mom” trying to be everything to everyone under trying conditions. Balancing work, family, and personal needs can be difficult even in the best conditions, so we can imagine Laura’s burden: She is mom to twin boys who test her patience in many ways. She is in the early throes of a potentially explosive divorce. She has a dangerous and demanding job and must find ways to make it all work. Today, 63% of women define success as finding balance between work and personal life. How do you define success? Can we have it all? Even after divorce?
During the special preview on September 17th, we see Laura with her partner, the hot and sexy Laz Alonso, working the streets to hunt down and arrest criminals; some are even close to the bone. In between dealing with a mysterious murder case, she is also trying to place her twins into a special private school that would provide her with more childcare. Her soon to be ex-hubby comes late for the home-visit/meeting scheduled with a stiff, conservative representative of the intended school, and if you watched the show, (spoiler warning) you’d know it ended with disastrous results because Laura fed the boys something most moms imagine doing when the kids are driving us crazy. Laura’s ex tries to convince the visitor that she is a great mom, but to no avail. Now she must find another school. How do moms juggle the demands of daily life while trying to respect the demands of their workplace? I can only say – with great difficulty!
One thing we observe on the show is that Laura employs a number of strategies: she has a helpful work partner, Laz, and she shares her concerns with him. She uses humor to deflect the ridiculous and sometimes stressful exchanges with her twins and her soon to ex-hubby. She willingly admits that it’s a crazy life and makes adjustments when needed; her operative choice of action is to stay flexible and busy even while admitting that she is a “hot mess.” Laura is delightful because those of us who struggle with similar situations will be able to relate to the huge amounts of work required to keep it all running. She uses humor to deflect awful moments and yet holds her own in explosive situations that could cost her job and even her life. How does humor help you balance the demands of your household?
What I found plausible about the show is the fact that they didn’t try to solve all the problems in neat little packages. Balancing work, home, and life challenges is a work in progress and we don’t always have ready answers for difficulties. One thing we all do is reach out to others who can help relieve our stress and then try our best to be the best mom. I’d recommend this show to every mom; working in and out of the home. What tips/advice would you give to other women juggling work and family life?
Be sure to join me at 7pm ET on Wednesday, September 24th for the #MysteriesofLaura Twitter Party where I’ll be co-hosting alongside @SJBlahBlahBlog. We’ll be talking about the new show, life as a working mom and our own “hot mess” moments! Then, tune-in for the official premier of The Mysteries of Laura on NBC starting at 8/7c! Also, check out what people are saying on Facebook and Twitter.
And for those joining in on the Twitter Party, you’ll have a chance to win a $250 SpaFinder Gift Card to pamper yourself after a long day of juggling life! Read the official rules here to learn how to enter.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS:All Photographs: From NBC Studios