6 Worst Soap Opera Moms

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Being a mother is probably one of the hardest jobs on the planet. You are a cook, a nurse, a chauffeur, a maid, and so much more. While in the land of daytime soap operas, there are many moms that are able to juggle those responsibilities, all the while holding down the job of being the shows heroine. But there are also many soap opera moms that simply lack the maternal instinct it takes to be a good mother. Below are the best of the worst, when it comes to soap opera moms.

6. Kate Roberts – Days of Our Lives

So Kate isn’t the worst mother on this list, landing her at number six, but this doesn’t mean she can considered a good mom either. She’s constantly meddled in the love lives of both Lucas and Phillip, and has been at the hands of costing them the love of their lives on more than one occasion. Kate also snatched Countess Wilhelmina right from under the rug of her daughter, Billy. Not only is she a bad mother, but she’s been less than a stellar grandmother too. She’s constantly taking aim at Sami Brady, the mother of her (deceased) grandson Will. While Kate has done some terrible things in the past, she claims to have done them in the name of the love she has for her family. It’s a twisted idea, but when push comes to shove, she is always there for her family.


5. Sharon Newman – Young and the Restless

While Sharon struggles with mental illness constantly, which can’t be held against her, since that is certainly not her fault, her children tend to suffer the most during any of her episodes. There are also times she hasn’t been the best role model mother, even when she’s been fully sane. Let’s take a look shall we? Firstly, marrying her children’s uncle was bad…and marrying their grandfather was even worse. Falling in love with Adam after she knew he had kidnapped Faith may be even less forgiving. Trying to ruin Newman Enterprises, along with her children’s family legacy, or being a kleptomaniac and switching a paternity test where it proved their half-sister Summer, wasn’t their sister (even though she was) are just a few more instances. We are pretty sure Sharon will not be named mother of the year anytime soon.

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4. Ava Jerome – General Hospital

At the end of the day, Ava does love both her daughters, but she is consistently motivated by her own best interests. She lied to her daughter Kiki about her real dad being dead, then made her think that Franco was her father, and then revealed it was truly Silas Clay. She also had an affair with Kiki’s boyfriend Morgan, not once, but twice. There was also a while there when she wasn’t sure who the father of baby Avery was: Morgan, or his father, Sonny. Aside from being a horrible parent, Ava is not really a great person. She’s had countless affairs to her name, been associated with murder, framing others for crimes (including murder), and operating an online gambling site that lured in teens (including Morgan Corinthos). What makes it even more shocking is that she has recently won custody of baby Avery, despite all the terrible things she has done.

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3. Eve Donovan – Days of Our Lives

In her ongoing pursuit to one-up a fairly great daytime mom, Jennifer Horton, Eve Donovan went on a long, hard and terrible journey that only ended up hurting her daughter in the long-run. In order to try and break up the relationship Paige had with JJ Deveraux (Jennifer’s son), Eve paid someone to make JJ look like a cheater. When that plan failed, she ended up taking things into her own hands and had an affair with him herself. She  intentionally inflicted hurt on her own daughter and thus landed herself in the third worst slot on this list.

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2. Daisy Carter – Young and the Restless

Daisy didn’t have the greatest influence when it came to moms, as psychopath Sheila Carter was her mother. Therefore, it is no surprise that Daisy is (and was) such a terrible mom. With a long sheet of crimes to her name before becoming a mother, including murder, arson, and kidnapping, Daisy didn’t feel the need to change her ways after having sweet daughter, Lucy. First and foremost, she conceived the child by drugging up Daniel Romalotti and raping him. She then left her newly born infant on the doorsteps of a church after she physically assaulted Daniel because he refused to run off with her. Thankfully Lucy is now in the care of Daniel, because let’s face it, nothing good would have come from a life being raised by Daisy Carter.


1. Helena Cassadine – General Hospital

Not only does Helena land at the top of this list, she could easily top worst grandmother, mother-in-law, and aunt list as well. Let’s see, Helena killed Alexis’ mom in front of her, froze Stavros (her son), and emotionally abused her other son Stefan. She has tortured her grandson Nikolas, had his wife raped, and son kidnapped. These things are only the beginning. We are only naming the things she has done to people she loved! You can add murder, kidnapping, and more frozen activities on the go towards her enemies within Port Charles. While she would top any villains list, unfortunately her black heart also means she tops the worst soap opera moms list as well.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.