Benefits street ep3

(119 Posts)

Anyone watching?

stopprocrastinating Mon 20-Jan-14 21:17:43

Yes I am! I think Callum's parents need some one on one support.

They need help!

Dixy30 Mon 20-Jan-14 21:20:07

So depressing watching the young couple.. Poor kid up until 5am in a pigsty with no boundaries hmm

I really don't think they're effective parents from what I've seen so far.
Obviously it's all edited but those things still happened..

RhondaJean Mon 20-Jan-14 21:20:55

She could really do with mumsnet at the very least.

GeraldineFangedVagine Mon 20-Jan-14 21:22:00

I find this show so sad. I cant imagine how the people on it can escape their situations, it just seems so bleak.

I don't like how they keep saying young parent, single parent etc.

We're young parents - absolutely nothing like that.
I feel so sad for those children sad

Sadoldbag Mon 20-Jan-14 21:22:34

Oh dear this is not about poverty this is about poor parenting

Boundaries , routine taking children to school regularly and cleaning your home cost nothing.

QueenBoudicea Mon 20-Jan-14 21:23:33

Absolutely - are their children considered 'in need'? To be fair they're probably offered quote a bit of support but as resources are limited is easy for people to slip through the net. At least the boy is in some sort of nursery provision which should help with skills to start school etc.

SoleSource Mon 20-Jan-14 21:23:58

Feel sorry for the children as the parents know no better. sad

Sadoldbag Mon 20-Jan-14 21:25:41

Jazz I agree I had my son at a young age and my home was never that dirty and he was always fed

Oh my word just saw the boys feet they were completely black funny that all bathed and clothed when he come knocking hmm see how easy it is for families to pull wool over eyes when half the time they are naked , dirty and up till 5am

Mmm the house was a lot cleaner too wasn't it.

Rice crispies at midnight and up till 5. No wonder he didn't want to go to nursery.
sad

SoleSource Mon 20-Jan-14 21:30:14

I do not feel this is about 'young parents'. It is lack of education and the parents have had a tough time.

RhondaJean Mon 20-Jan-14 21:32:14

I know parents who are in similar situations (through work) and not all of them are young parents.

Conversely my best friend had her daughter at 17 and she has always worked, kept her house immaculate and fed and looked after her well.

QueenBoudicea Mon 20-Jan-14 21:32:53

Didn't everyone tidy up for the health visitor is though.
I think they do want to do well for their kids - they're accepting the support offered which is half the battle.

PontOffelPock Mon 20-Jan-14 21:34:41

This has been an eye-opener for me - you can really see how people come to be in these situations - they learn that way of life from their parents, neighbours, friends. So sad for the children, what hope do they have for a better life?

ReputableBiscuit Mon 20-Jan-14 21:35:27

The mum seems very sweet and vulnerable - she just needs help.

QueenFuri Mon 20-Jan-14 21:35:44

I've got too agree I had my first child at 19 and he was (and is) a fed, clean and in bed for a reasonable time! I have a DS about the same and he has his moments but is always at nursery. Routine is what's needed in that house, In 10 years time that boy will be causing chaos due too his early years. Hopefully the parents will get some help.

MorrisZapp Mon 20-Jan-14 21:36:58

To be fair they seem like loving parents who just need support, presumably as their own model of family life was shit.

They want help, and are cooperating with the help offered.

moondog Mon 20-Jan-14 21:37:02

The red haired girl is not stupid. In a different set up......

He's 5 and he knows what a spliff is!

I don't think this is about young parents but it does annoy me when they keep repeating that they're young or single mum etc as if 'oh that explains it'

Dh and I are nothing like this and nor are any other young parents/ single parents we know.

I guess poverty isn't just financial it's also about education, ambition, pride etc

entersandmum Mon 20-Jan-14 21:38:41

White Dee is really starting to annoy me.

hickorychicken Mon 20-Jan-14 21:40:46

This episode is making me sad.

ReputableBiscuit Mon 20-Jan-14 21:41:03

I assumed from earlier episodes that Gerrard was much older - he doesn't seem 5. Not sure if that's a size thing or loss of innocence/street wisdom.

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