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Did you see The Children ITV 9pm tonight...WTF????

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jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:16:34

Is it not bad enough to try and be a good parent / step parent without having to watch shite like that on tv, Don't both mothers and fathers who have split up get enough bad press already.....
Yes I understand not all step families mesh but ffs why do they portray parents in such a bad way....Who would speak to his teenage son like that "your mum doesnt want you neither do i" and what woman in her right mind would send an 8yr old into the bushes to have a wee without going with her never mind walking off...I know its not real but my god it has really made my blood boil...What did you think??? Am I just to naive?? angryangry

hf128219 Mon 08-Sep-08 23:18:59

Oooh, I don't know. I watched it and enjoyed it. I think it could be real life - behind closed doors.

ParCark Mon 08-Sep-08 23:19:44

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SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:20:12

i really enjoyed it, there is another thread for those of us who did enjoy it i think <<smug>>

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:20:56

wheres that?

handlemecarefully Mon 08-Sep-08 23:22:22

I've not watched it but have sky plussed it for viewing later...

I think you are possibly reading too much into what is, after all, a drama. Not much dramatic interest in a true reflection of family life:
Mother: Eat your cereal darling, you need a good breakfast inside you

Teenage son: (grunts none commitally)

Mother: Hurry up, you'll miss the school bus

Teenage son: (grunts again)
Iyswim? grin

I'm with you in general however that parents get bad press these days

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:22:48


SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:24:36

actually not many people actually posting on it.. more bumping - just a couple of us perhaps... as you were

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:26:40

feel a bit better a least some one said it was upsetting....sad

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:29:03

are you in a step family, i.e taking it personally?

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:30:11

oh, i see you are,.. well in that case you probably do feel got at in some respects... but you arent the only one, it is a pretty common way of life and doesnt strike me as any more than a good drama.

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:31:02

in a stepfamily and getting bit pissed off with stepfamilies being treated like 2nd class families heart pumping on the old sleeve defo would be nice to see something more positive for a change tho.....

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:32:09


SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:32:48

i think the crux of it is all of them had a reason not dislike emily.

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:33:37

even me haha

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:36:16

oop, i meant TO dislike emily, doh

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:40:47

i read it that way didnt really like any of them except the son gave me a new understanding of the shit they must face and feel whilst appearing macho

SlartyBartFast Mon 08-Sep-08 23:42:09

am feeling sorry for son too, don't know if we're sposed to. dont like kevin whately - but the female actors are very good.

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:43:41

wasnt she in cracker panhandle? kevin whately is like a big lumbering old dog whose found his dick again eeeewwwww

Peapodlovescuddles Mon 08-Sep-08 23:46:57

I can't stand Emily, she is a manipulative little bitch (am actually quite concerned at how strongly I dislike her!)

and am also surprised at how unhysterical the dad's new wife was when her baby went missing for 5 hrs, they would have had to held me off her...

jojostar Mon 08-Sep-08 23:49:33

I did actually laugh at the "sex once a wk if i was lucky and now she shagging everyone line" Thank god I was never that desperate....

bloomingfedup Mon 08-Sep-08 23:56:44

The son is creepy, what is he playing at?

jojostar Tue 09-Sep-08 00:01:21

i want to bring him to my house and give him a hug and reassurance gone on he'll be the bloody killer now won't he

magicfarawaytree Tue 09-Sep-08 00:02:12

isnt the point that the parents selfish decisions created monsters. I'm from a step family and 'He' definitely only wanted my mum not the three of us that came as part of the package. he did a very bad job of tolerating our existence so I empathised with some of the things for very different reasons.

bloomingfedup Tue 09-Sep-08 00:05:46

I was watching this while on MN so not paying attention fully. Isnt the son doing weird stuff to Emily? From what I saw hes a perv.

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