Mellie Grant's Rules to Motherhood on Scandal

Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) is a force to be reckoned with on Scandal. This former First Lady filibusters for women’s rights, is two steps ahead of any rival, and her fashion game is always on point (aside from the Smelly Mellie days, but let’s not go there). She’s even trying to become the first female President of the United States! Face it: Mellie Grant can do it all. Well, almost all. Senator Grant would probably be the first person to tell you that mothering doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but she embraces it with her own unique flare. She may not have the “mother gene,” but that doesn’t mean that she can’t be one hell of a mom when she needs to be. Let’s take a look at Mellie Grant’s Unique Rules to Motherhood on Scandal!

DON’T: Let anything jeopardize their (and/or your) legacy…

Mellie Saves Fitz's Presidency|Now she just needs to get pregnant.|Olivia meets with Mellie, who blames her for the Amanda Tanner situation because she left the team. The two women figure out a counterattack in the media. Mellie will say the woman on the audio tape is her. She'll express her outrage at how this could happen during such a fragile time given that she's newly pregnant. They'll have to start trying right away to make sure that particular story sticks. Fitz is stunned. Mellie believes he could look a little happier since they did just save his presidency. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 1, Episode 7, "Grant: For the People," and don't miss Scandal THURSDAYS 9|8c on ABC.

….even if it means getting pregnant just to save your husband’s presidency!

DO: Shield your children from their father’s wild-carding ways.

Mellie Gives Fitz a Warning|Mellie catches Fitz in a compromising situation.|Mellie (Bellamy Young) brings Teddy to see Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and is surprised to catch him with a blonde wearing nothing but a bathrobe. Mellie tells Fitz he can do whatever he wants, but he better keep his lady friends away from her children. From Season 5, Episode 13, "The Fish Rots From the Head" of Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Yes, we’re talking to you, Fitzgerald Grant! During the days when the president was embracing his inner-cad, Mellie was in for a shock one night when she dropped Teddy off to see his father. Her finely-sharpened claws instantly came out. Don’t mess with Mama Mellie!

DON’T: Be afraid to ask for help!

Mellie & Fitz Introduce Their New Baby to the Press|Watch this classic Scandal moment from Season 2.|Fitz and Mellie take part in a photo shoot to give the world its first look at their new baby boy. They play nice until the PR moment is done. Fitz is still moving forward with divorce plans. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 2, Episode 13, "Nobody Likes Babies," and don't miss Scandal THURSDAYS 9|8c on ABC.

Or, in Mellie’s case, demand it. Nannies, baby nurses, sitters – she’ll take them all!

DO: Know when to be a Mama Bear and protect your cubs.

Mellie & Fitz: You're Big Jerry|Time to let go of the scotch.|Fitz gets upset at Mellie after he learns she canceled Jerry and Karen's visit to the White House. After he accuses her of not loving their children, she can't hold back on the real reason they are skipping their visit. Watch Mellie's confrontation in this scene fom Season 2 Episode 17: "Snake in the Garden" and don't miss all-new episodes THURSDAYS 9|8c!

When Fitz was going through some dark days, he wasn’t always there for Jerry, Karen and Teddy. In fact, one night when an irate Fitz accused Mellie of not loving their children, she was forced to keep it real with her husband. She may be cold, she may not have the “mother gene,” but Mellie Grant knows when to protect her babies.

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DON’T: Let your problems with your ex cause problems for your kids.

Grant Family Time with Fitz, Mellie... and Teddy!|'If you don't hurt me... I won't hurt you.'|Mellie catches Fitz playing hide-and-seek with Teddy. It's a sweet family moment that leads to an unexpected agreement about the end of their marriage. Watch this scene from Scandal Season 5 Episode 4, "Dog-Whistle Politics," and don't miss Scandal ABC THURSDAYS 9|8c.

Divorce is ugly. There is no way around it. But Mellie did her best to make sure her kids weren’t the ones getting hurt.

DO: Be there for your child. No matter what.

After the death of Jerry, the entire Grant family was understandably distraught, especially Mellie. Karen struggled greatly with the loss of her brother and acted out in unexpected ways. When Mellie found out about Karen’s sex video scandal, she put aside her own pain and was there for her daughter.

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Say what you will about Mellie’s parenting style, but this rising political star is always there for her kids…albeit in her own way. She may not win any “Mother of the Year” awards, but will Mellie Grant win the 2016 election? Watch all-new episodes of SCANDAL THURSDAYS 9|8c!


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