Like Dad, Mom is a free spirit, who also values self-sufficiency. She has little compassion for people who complain about their situation, as she believes people have the power to make their lives whatever they want it to be. Mom is an artist and spends much of her spare time painting or sketching. She went to college to be a teacher, but resents teaching because she sees it as an indication that she is not a talented artist. Mom resents her children because she sees them as standing between her and her dream life of a bohemian artist, while also cherishing them for their companionship, particularly Lori, who shares her interest in art.