As a mother four, I'm well known among friends as a mama bear — a preshrunk one, at that. At four-foot-eleven, I don't look like I'm ready to tackle any threat to my cubs, three of whom hover above the six-foot line. But don't test me!
It didn't take long for Lily — inexperienced though she was in the ways of hospital procedure — to complain to the cardiologist and put a stop to the student visits. She had learned right at the beginning how to be a mama bear, and she'd only gotten fiercer over the years.
And while it seems that the mama bear didn't sink her claws in too deeply this time, the next photographer should probably be even more careful and think twice before even considering taking pictures of Julia Roberts' children.
2006 — Nancy Wilson, Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women, Canon Press & Book Service (2006), ISBN 9781591280392, page 66:
The mama-bear syndrome does not encourage masculinity. The mama-bear is the mother who wants to fight all her son's battles for him and pick up all the pieces when he fails.
"I am a mama bear when it comes to protecting my children," Winfrey said. "These girls are my children. That is not just rhetoric. I take their futures, and the possibility for what their futures hold, very personally."
2007 — Milan Yerkovich & Kay Yerkovich, How We Love: A Revolutionary Approach to Deeper Connections in Marriage, Random House (2006), ISBN 9781400072989, page 71:
Marshall himself realized in a later session how overprotective his mother had been. "All the kids in the neighborhood hated to see her coming out the front door. She was such a mama bear. She scolded them plenty of times whenever I tattled on somebody. I was always right, and they were always wrong. Then she would say, 'Marshall, you don't have to play with those mean boys. Come inside and watch TV with me.'"
My character in Punisher 2 is Angela Donatelli, she's an Italian from Brooklyn, New York. My character in Rambo, Sarah, is very soft and vulnerable. Angela's got a bit more of an edge. She's a fighter, she's a mama bear, she has a child she's protecting.
“I knew she had this great ability to go between comedy and drama,” Cholodenko says. “I didn’t expect the kind of soulfulness she showed. ... With four kids, the whole thing of being a mama bear is pretty close to her heart. I think she wore that pretty easily.”
She decides then and there that no matter how wacky the curveballs with which the universe pelts her, she will make sure her child lives her happiest possible life. As a mama bear, she realizes she may have an aggressive, fighting instinct buried somwhere inside her sometimes-too-gentle exterior.
My wife says she becomes a mama bear, believe me, she knows what she is talking about. That moment the parent leaves and the child shows hurt or tears and you feel it, you want to protect; they become yours.
"I overreacted. I'm just a mama bear where my son is concerned. I should have explained instead of getting angry. It's just — he's going to have problems ahead of him, no matter what I do. Therapy only goes so far."