6 family shows that taught us about parenthood!

Sakshi Sharma
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Every generation thinks it has figured out the best way to be a parent, but that's not the case! So here are some family shows that make complicated parenthood, if not easier, at least fun and understandable. 

As joyous as being a parent is, sometimes it could feel like a pain in the bum. Hence, a thousand guidebooks are available on how to be a parent. But if you understand it from a wider perspective, parenthood is a learning curve about trials and errors and giving your 100%, hoping things will turn out for the best. Or at least this is what most of us have learned from the many family shows that have become a solace and a guiding principle, apart from being just a casual watch. Their heartwarming stories, relatable characters, and valuable, diverse philosophies have resonated with all of us and provided insight into various aspects of parenting and family life.

These shows have helped young adults shape perceptions of parenthood and family dynamics while understanding their parents better. So, here are some notable family shows that went beyond just entertainment and ended up teaching us a thing or two about parenthood! 

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Modern Family 

Modern Family uses humor to explore contemporary parenting issues such as adoption, same-sex parenting, and blended families. Watching the show's parents in their everyday lives, juggling a thousand things, makes you realize how important it is to embrace diversity, show love, balance discipline with fun, be adaptable, communicate effectively, learn from mistakes, support individuality, value extended family, and be committed. 

Schitt's Creek 

Schitt's Creek uses satire to show us that effective parenthood is rooted in unconditional love, acceptance, and willingness to grow and adapt alongside your children, learning from them as much as they learn from you. It emphasizes the significance of being present, communicating openly, supporting each other through challenges, and embracing each family member's unique qualities, even if they are irritating.

This Is Us 

This Is Us, a heartbreaking emotional drama, presents parenthood in its complex and multifaceted form while underscoring the importance of addressing diversity and trauma, handling grief, making sacrifices, encouraging independence, and creating meaningful family traditions. It is a journey that involves embracing imperfections, living in the present moment, open communication, loving without conditions, and balancing individual and family needs.

Gilmore Girls 

Gilmore Girls, essentially a rom-com, explores single motherhood and its unique challenges and joys. It emphasizes the significance of a strong parent-child bond, balancing friendship and authority, supporting independence, unlearning to learn, making sacrifices, navigating generational differences, resilience, creating traditions, relying on a support system, and respecting individual choices. 

Downton Abbey 

Downton Abbey, a period drama, reflects the complexities and enduring nature of parenting across different eras and social classes. Apart from telling us about the importance of unconditional love and support, it also teaches us to balance tradition with change, navigate social expectations, embrace sacrifice and responsibility while nurturing individuality, cope with loss and grief, value education, personal growth, and extended family, and adapt to economic realities.

Sweet Magnolias 

Sweet Magnolias, a countryside feel-good drama, explores the multifaceted nature of parenting and the importance of nurturing a supportive and loving environment. It teaches us the significance of community support, effective co-parenting, juggling work-family while addressing teenage issues, embracing second chances, being strong role models, building emotional resilience, valuing forgiveness and understanding, and encouraging independence and personal growth. 

Are there any family shows that you have watched that left you with valuable lessons on parenthood? Tell us in the comments below! 

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