In a 1989 interview, Barbara Billingsley told children not to eat like Larry Mondello
Billingsley was indeed a classic mom, giving motherly advice to children and adults alike.
Barbara Billingsley was all about being a mother, on set and in real life. She's one of the moms many people dreamed of having, and Billingsley knew how important that was to television.
In an interview with Kingsport Times-News in 1989, the actress gave motherly advice to children, especially ones who wanted to act like the child characters from Leave It to Beaver.
"Don't talk with your mouth full, or people will think you're Larry Mondello," she said. "Always sit up straight, or you'll end up looking like Lumpy Rutherford; you'll always be safe when you tell the truth, especially if Eddie Haskell's around; and be enthusiastic unless it's Eddie Haskell's idea."
The interview also included her thoughts on the show, where she played the mom of Wally and Beaver. Billingsley said the series failed to "illustrate the frustrations involved with being a mother," but it highlighted crucial aspects.
"I like to think the show painted an accurate account of parenting. I think June Cleaver got angry sometimes, but maybe not as much as real mothers," she added.
Leave It to Beaver might not have been a documentary of the '50s, but Billingsley thought it taught viewers essential values.
"I think the show taught values, love and family," Billingsley said. "These are still very important parts of being a mother. I don't think they'll ever change, at least they shouldn't. I love being a mother on the screen and off... I wouldn't trade my children for anything."
The actress even advised mothers on how to make their children feel loved. She said, "Stay home with your children through the formative years. Love them and let them know they are loved. There is a bond between mothers and their children that's just instinct. It's a very unique and beautiful relationship."