It’s been 15 years since we’ve last seen Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), and the rest of the gang make us cry, laugh, and die from belly laughs on their hit sitcom Friends, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten all of the things they’ve taught us along the way.
As a matter of fact, a lot of Rachel Green’s own parenting wisdom still holds a lot of truth to this very day. As a single working mom, Rachel was always ahead of the curve. Here are 10 of Rachel’s parenting rules that still apply today!
10 Don’t Listen To Critics
Rachel Green has always been a woman who listens to the voices in her own head, rather than the voices of her critics. As a career-oriented woman and a single mom, she often strived to do her best and of course, reach her highest potentials and goals. She never gave her critics the time of day, either.
According to Parade Magazine, Rachel once famously said, “It’s like all my life everyone’s told me, ‘You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe!’ Well, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse or a hat?”
9 You’re Not Always Right
The one great thing about Jennifer Aniston is that she was willing and ready to admit that she wasn’t always right. That takes a lot of guts, especially if you are still navigating your new life as a mom. Now, that’s not to say that she was wanting to throw in the towel when things weren’t working out as planned. Instead, she just decided to let someone else steer the ship and pretend to be the captain instead. In other words, she knows when it’s time to hand over the reins. Rachel has said (via Parade): “You know what? I just shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions anymore.”
8 A Smile Goes A Long Way
As many moms and dads know, parenting isn’t an easy job. And yes, being a working parent sure does have its challenges, too. Even when you are having the worst day possible, a positive attitude will surely help you get rid of your funk.
Rachel also had this gem of a quote (via Parade): “Finally, I have someone I can pass on my wisdom to. Let me tell you about a couple of things I learned while working at the coffee house. First of all, the customer is always right. A smile goes a long way. And if anyone is ever rude to you: Sneeze Muffin.”
7 You Can Be A Mom And Date
Even though there were two men—both Ross and Joey Tribiani, played by Matthew LeBlanc—willing and ready to propose to her after she gave birth to her daughter Emma, Rachel wanted to navigate the waters as a single parent on her own. But that didn’t mean she completely wanted to be on her own. Rachel showed us that there was nothing wrong with wanting to date other men even though she lived with her baby daddy and their daughter in the same apartment. Things would have gone well if Ross didn’t hide all of those phone numbers from her potential suitors, right?
6 That First Birthday Party Is Very Important
Parents know that for a lot of kids, their childhood is all about making memories. And for Rachel Green, there was no other important memory for her than that of Emma’s first birthday party.
Sure, the soiree ended up being an almost total disaster, but that didn’t stop Rachel from rounding up her closest friends and making it a special day for Emma, even if the birthday cake was a bit inappropriate for the occasion. Rachel made it work, nonetheless and yes, there were plenty of tears in her eyes at the end of the day, but they were the ones made out of joy.
5 Everything Is A Step By Step Process
Rachel might have been a great mom, but she wasn’t the best cook, apparently. Still, she took a lot of pride in doing things in a step-by-step manner, even if the end result was a total disaster. But that’s how we often learn by our mistakes, right? During a very memorable Thanksgiving episode, Rachel said (via Parade): “It’s a trifle. It’s got all of these layers. First, there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!”
4 There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Helicopter Parent
Rachel Green was a helicopter parent even before the term was even coined. Even though Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) had tried her best to get her friends to celebrate her birthday with her, Rachel couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her daughter Emma behind. So what did she do? Enlist the help of grandma Judy Geller to take care of Emma at a bar while Phoebe, Rachel, and the rest of the gang helped ring in the quirky blonde’s birthday at a local restaurant. It might not have been ideal, but it worked for Rachel as she got to keep an eye on Emma.
3 A Manny Is Just as Good As A Nanny
Despite Ross’ opposition to the idea, Rachel was very keen on hiring a ‘manny’ or rather, a male nanny for their daughter Emma when it was time for her to go back to work full-time. After all, it shouldn’t really matter who takes care of the young tot as long as they are doing an excellent job, right?
Well, that’s what Rachel believed in. Even though she and Ross sparred over the idea, Rachel was one of the first television moms to openly accept the idea of hiring a many for working families. It didn’t go down very well at the end, but it was a step in the right direction.
2 Being A Mother Doesn’t Make You A Mom
As many parents already know, being a mother doesn’t automatically make you a good mom. And that’s something that Rachel Green always believed in. Just because you have the title, it doesn’t mean that you are good at what you do. One of the things that fans miss the most about Rachel was her ability to quip about anything at any given time. Rachel said (via Parade): “You decorate dad’s office and now you’re a decorator? Okay, I went to the zoo yesterday and now I’m a koala bear.” Okay, maybe that doesn’t make the best sense but hey, we get it.
1 She Works Hard For Her Money
Rachel Green might have been in desperate need of a place to live from time to time, but she did prove to us that she didn’t need a man to support her. As a matter of fact, she was always a proud working mother who took pride in raising Emma as a single mom (with the help of Ross, of course).
Sure, she might not have been the best at handling her finances, but she definitely matured into her role as a career woman over the years. Plus, who can ever forget when Rachel said this (via Parade): “Who’s FICA and why is he getting all of my money?”