to think it's rather odd that we are always being told that the nuclear family is ideal but that they make so few appearances on children's TV?

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spicemonster Wed 25-Mar-09 13:11:32

Weird isn't it? Balamory is all single people as far as I can see. Granny Murray is about 35 so she was clearly a teenage mum, as is her daughter. Charlie and Lola's parents seem fairly competent but never appear. Only the Pontipines and Wattingers appear to be couples with children and the Pontipines are neglectful in the extreme.

Ceebee74 Thu 26-Mar-09 20:28:48

Does anyone else think that Alicia must get mightily p*ssed off with Diego getting all the glory??

UKVeggieMum Thu 26-Mar-09 17:46:05

Max and ruby's a bit odd, they seem to live on their own, although there's a grandma rabbit they visit sometimes.

rosisdreamingofchocolate Thu 26-Mar-09 17:35:20

I can't believe I keep coming back to this thread but...

Just watched Space Pirates, Captain DJ has a mum & dad!

Right, I'm off to get some kind of life though I fear it may be too late!

angelene Thu 26-Mar-09 15:39:03

2rebecca most of the inserts in Teletubbies are done in the Midlands area, not London. Of course that is also a very diverse area.

On a slightly different note, is anyone else concerned about the Criminal Justice System in Toyland? Mr Plod acts as police (obv), judge and jury by himself, to me this flies in the face of all natural justice and democracy. The goblins have never yet had a fair trial.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Thu 26-Mar-09 14:46:59

Oh yes there's Dora too, but her mum seems to let her go wandering around the forest alone getting up to allsorts.

I am worried she may have PND, or have too much on her plate with the twins. SS would be very interested in the fact that her eldest takes unsupervised hot air baloon rides with farm animals.

rachyrachyrach Thu 26-Mar-09 14:43:31

little red tractor they must all be related as they each only have 3 fingers, poor things

Cornflakemum Thu 26-Mar-09 12:14:47

LOL at this thread - (bunch of saddos !)

The Simpsons is a nuclear family.... 'ideal' or what!!!!

PortAndLemon Thu 26-Mar-09 11:53:18

Diego's family is two parents and two children, all living and working together in a heartwarming display of family unity but possible violation of child labour laws (although arguably being an animal rescuer is a vocation rather than a job, or so I expect they'd argue in court). Baby Jaguar may be from a family headed by a lone parent, though, as I don't think we've ever seen his father.

Bella73 Thu 26-Mar-09 10:38:55

Dysgu - that is my theory on the Miss Rabbit(s), I think they are all aunties (or older sisters possibly) as you say, that's why they are "Miss". There are two parents in the Rabbit household/burrow and two parents in the Zebra household too.

And is it troubling anyone else that it is Raymond and Tina who are married, not Raymond and Lisa (Lisa is their [alleged] child). I know it's just a slip of the keyboard but it's been bothering me wink Though yes, very "interesting" relationship there. For a start, Raymond looks about 18 years old...

Also in Me Too, Rudy and Louie are a couple and are the parents of Jack (though Louie mainly wanders the streets with her trumpet and never seems to drop Jack off or pick him up from Granny Murray).

BTW Spicemonster

Helloooow, thanks for the competant comment grin

fruitstick Thu 26-Mar-09 10:24:24

Postman Pat did have a wife when we were little but we never saw her. I only know this because I saw an old episode recently when Pat was in the local paper and he said he would take it home and show 'the wife'.

I reckon Sarah is probably his second wife by now though!

Peppa Pig is a lovely nuclear family, and DS loves it as he applies it to our family (DH looks remarkably like Daddy Pig). Uncle Pig (with Chloe and Alexander) is Daddy Pig's brother.

I don't think Miss Rabbit is Rebecca Rabbit's Mum though - and is clearly rubbish at everything as it's always her first day on the job (balloon riding, bus driving).

There is a nuclear family in Little Red Tractor although I'm convinced Stan is the twins' real rather or at least is seeing there mum on the side (their Dad is the one who's always out jogging - clearly supressing something)

Must get out more.

2rebecca Thu 26-Mar-09 09:57:44

Swapping no kids for lots of kids is still more about parent swap than wife swap though. I've yet to see a family on there where the kids come alternate weekends, or go elsewhere on alternate weekends, presumably it wouldn't fit the formula.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Thu 26-Mar-09 09:56:49

I think Charlie and Lola manage quite well, but I too fear for the popintipine childrens safety. The last time I saw them they were stuck up a telephone phone <or something> and Mr and Mrs just went home and left them there. Probably to have a shag, I mean how do else do you end up with so many children?

Housemum Thu 26-Mar-09 09:49:08

Wifeswap does have "different" families - I'm sure there was at least one where no-kids woman went to big family, they have also done "partner swap" ie gay bloke swaps with ultra-conservative mum. Not that I watch that sort of trash, naturally... grin

Charlie & Lola's parents definitely concern me - the mother occasionally makes an off-screen appearance to drive the car. But apart from that they are on their own. "I am definitely mostly a latchkey kid" must surely be the next episode...

Parents are a nuisance in childrens' books/programmes though - the Secret Seven/Famous Five wouldn't have caught half so many dodgy men with mums and dads around. And they certainly wouldn't have had lashings of ginger beer (you'll rot your teeth, come and have a glass of water - George, you're a girl now get cleaned up and put a frock on we're going out, Timmy is a dog now leave him outside)

Dysgu Thu 26-Mar-09 09:21:50

Regarding Peppa Pig. I used to think that Mrs Rabbit was something of an entrepreneur having so many jobs BUT, having watching the entire collection several times (with my DD aged 2!!) I now think these are all Rebecca Rabbit's aunties. They are called 'Miss Rabbit' and well, we know what rabbits like doing so no wonder there are so many of them! Or now, thinking about it, maybe they are all Rebecca's older sisters!
Just watching Granny Murray - I always reckonded on her being in her 40s. To think, she's only 2 years older than me ...

amybswansea Thu 26-Mar-09 09:13:34

Rosi - cant believe I have missed him! Presuming you mean the one where Daddy pig has to go to work despite it being his birthday lol. Am going to watch when I get home from work hmm now debating sanity

Eve4Walle Thu 26-Mar-09 08:44:00

Horrid Henry has parents who live together, and look how he turned out! grin

Wifeswap where one didn't have kids would be great 2rebecca!

But if they don't have to look after children what do they do all day? It's not like you could have a lawyer and a nurse swap and do each other's jobs.

I think the lack of 'nuclear family' might reflect a general lack of adults. Adults are boring, who wants to watch what they are doing?

Littlepurpleprincess Thu 26-Mar-09 08:32:59

HELLO HUNNYPIE!!!! lol. Granny Murray scares my partner! lol. I never figured out that Raymond and Lisa were married!!! I'm watching so much Cbeebies at the moment, I'm trying to find soap storylines in the cartoons!

Peppa Pig has a nice family. And Charlie is the loveliest brother to Lola in the world. They set a good example.

rosisdreamingofchocolate Thu 26-Mar-09 07:35:11

peppa pig/ceebee - Mr Rabbit works with Daddy Pig (see episode Daddy Pig's Birthday) grin.

2rebecca, I've watched one episode of wife swap & that had a single mum. But generally its all families!

edam, think you're right re the reasons! It obviously had an effect on me, every story I wrote in school I was either an orphan or had to deal with one of my parents dying & then going & having lots of adventures. I think my parents were a bit worried at parents evening when they read them lol

2rebecca Thu 26-Mar-09 00:01:39

I got fed up with wifeswap though because apart from always having to have a posh bird and a chavvy bird they also always had to have nuclear families. Where were the stepkids? Where were the wives without kids? Too often it was more mumswap than wifeswap.
When my kids were young it was tweenies and tellytubbies so no families nuclear or otherwise. When kids were shown the classes always seemd very multiethnic compared to life in Scotland, but perhaps that just reflects life in London.

Prosecco Wed 25-Mar-09 22:43:09

pmsl at this thread.

I think in Lazytown, Stephanie's uncle is single at present but has an eye on the woman with the blue hair.Or do I have that all wrong?

edam Wed 25-Mar-09 22:35:08

(wait until your ds is old enough for CBBC, mine thinks it's entirely reasonable for a lady of a certain age to have a workforce of children in her attic, defending the world against aliens and telling their parents massive lies about where they have been all day... if the Sarah Jane Adventures is still on then!)

edam Wed 25-Mar-09 22:33:13

Balamory, like the blasted Tweenies, is based in a nursery, so you wouldn't expect parents to feature much.

Kimi Wed 25-Mar-09 21:09:12

Dysfunctional is the new normal don't ya know grin

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