People call TLC's smash hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo a carnival sideshow, but people don't keep coming back to a sideshow. That's why they have to travel from town to town.
So why do we keep tuning in to the first family of rednecks? Because they love each other! And holding it all together is Mama June Shannon!
She teaches self-acceptance
June is an unpretentious mom who likes herself and her redneck lifestyle just fine. Don't like her? That's your problem, not hers. That attitude, in turn, will help Alana and her sisters grow to be self-confident women.
She's open about her flaws
A good mom lets her children know she's not perfect - and changes her ways when necessary. June is open about her regrets, including her "one-time" lapse in judgment in giving Honey Boo Boo a sugar- and caffeine-laden "Go-Go Juice" mixture to keep her peppy at a pageant.
She teaches her children compassion
June may not be rich (though the fee she gets for the show doesn't hurt), but she has a heart for those less fortunate. Last Christmas, she took part in a charity food drive that helped more than 100 families in her rural Georgia town. And when her boyfriend Mike developed an infection in his leg, she brought the whole family to his bedside - complete with pillows to keep them comfy.
She won't let success go to her kids' heads
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a ratings smash. But despite the sudden fame and publicity, June insists they're "just common everyday people," and it's not likely she'll trade her modest Georgia home and ramen-noodle dinners for a splashy Hollywood mansion and four-star restaurants. Sticking to the simple life will help Alana stay humble - although she might still go out in fancy heels every so often.
For the rest of the 10 Reasons June is a good Mama, make sure to check out our friends at Babble!
[Image via TLC.]