With nine million people tuned in to the season finale of "The Walking Dead," it would be easy to make the statement that Rick and Lori Grimes are two of the most well-known parents on TV right now. Strangely enough, there are scenes in almost every episode pointing to the duo as not being the strongest parents on TV. These are how-not-parent tips you could learn from the Grimes pair while watching the show.
What if Your Child is Stealing?
If you find your child stealing something, you should give him or her a stern lesson in honesty and loss. The child should be made to return the stolen item. The child should not be given the stolen item as a prize for being a supportive child and admitting guilt like when Rick allowed Carl to keep the gun the child stole from Daryl. Granted, Carl ended up using the gun to shoot the zombified remains of Shane, but that was simply a convenient side note.
What if Your Child is Wandering Off Alone?
If I were to find out my daughter was wandering off in a dangerous area by herself, I would explain the dangers to her and make sure some of her freedom was taken away for an appropriate amount of time. My daughter knows my rules just like Carl should know the rule about always going in at least pairs when wandering around away from camp. Instead of grounding the boy, Rick allowed him to keep the gun previously mentioned as a way of protecting himself.
Make Sure Your Kid is in the House
When you tell your child to go into the house, make sure you either watch the child go where he or she is supposed to be. If you are able to walk the child to the location then you should do it. Never assume a child is automatically going to do what is told. That is how accidents happen or children get lost.
One of the most popular jokes about "The Walking Dead" is about how Carl was constantly told in the second season to head into the house, but he never did. Instead, he wandered off and unleashed the zombie that killed Dale. He sat down in the rafters of the barn and talked to the prisoner. He walked into the barn when Rick was going to kill their prisoner and botched the moment. Luckily, though, he was going for one of his usual strolls when Rick got done with his battle with Shane.
Any fan of "The Walking Dead" knows how much Rick and Lori want the best for Carl. We would hope that if we were stuck in a situation where we needed to step up for our children that we would be able to and would be able to keep our children's needs first. Hopefully, though, we would be better parents.
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