Saturday, September 5, 2009

Parenting Role Models from the Media

Do you ever dream about what kind of parent you are going to be? Our parenting styles are shaped by so many things, including our own parents, parenting books, and believe it or not, television shows and movies!

One of my favorite set of parents from a television show is The Cosby Show’s Cliff and Clair Huxtable. Some of my favorite Huxtable memories are when the Huxtable parents deal with the loss of Rudy’s fish (the toilet burial), and also when Theo decides he wants to move out on his own, so the Huxtables teach him about “real life” and charge him “rent” to demonstrate how hard it would be to live without parental support.

Here are some other fan favorite television families:
- Marge and Homer Simpson (The Simpson’s)
- Steven and Elyse Keaton (Family Ties)
- Jason and Maggie Seaver (Growing Pains)
- Raymond and Debra Barone (Everyone Loves Raymond)
What television family do you remember from growing up that has helped shaped your parenting style? Is there a favorite memory from a television show that you have recalled while raising your own kids? Post it in the comments section below.

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