Cover Photo: Photograph via 20th Century Fox
Photograph via 20th Century Fox

The Mom in ‘Home Alone’ Is a Messy and Magnificent Model of Motherhood

Is Kate McCallister a “good mom”? That’s beside the point. Her example shows the shallowness of such standards: She loves her kid. She proves it.

Home Alone

Home Alone


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Nancy Reddy is the author of the poetry collections Pocket Universe and Double Jinx, and co-editor of The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. Her essays have appeared in Slate, Poets & Writers, Romper, The Millions, and elsewhere. The recipient of grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University. She writes the newsletter Write More, Be Less Careful about why writing is hard and how to do it anyway.