Our Top Five TV Dads - In honour of Father's Day and Curry's awesome competition.
In the run up to Father's Day Curry's have launched a competition that sees bloggers compiling their lists of the Top Five TV Dads for the chance to win a 48 inch Samsung SUHD TV- this looks absolutely amazing so we decided it was definitely worth a shot!
This quickly became an interesting discussion topic in our house and has become far more of a collaboration with me than Luke's previous posts- mostly because being a seven year old boy his TV time is somewhat limited. Oddly it also soon became apparent that there is a serious lack of good male role models in shows aimed at this age group, perhaps mainly because most of the characters appear to be machines or Super Heros- Transformers and Power Rangers apparently have no need for parental input in their lives! Nor is Darth Vader a great example of the type of man we are looking for! Fortunately there were a few more examples of Father characters in the preferred viewing of Luke's little sister, Lottie. So after much discussion, deliberation, arguing and amending this is our definitive list of Top Five TV Dads-
The Dad from Outnumbered (the only input I was allowed in the end)- He looks as beaten as I feel most days but ultimately has his family's interests at heart and worries constantly about doing the right thing by his children
Homer Simpson- he might be a bit of a mess and sometimes an absolute disaster but again he loves his family and tries his best for them.
Mr Elf (from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom)- Not a main character by any means but the children felt he was a good Dad for Ben- always worries about him, sets a good example for him- 'Elves don't DO magic... and we're Elves', works hard so clearly has a strong work ethic, he seems to have a solution to many problems, even if they do involve visiting The Wise Old Elf. He also has infinite patience and is very polite to his wife, which can only be a good thing!
At Number 2
Splinter from Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles- We know he isn't actually The Turtles father but he does an excellent job of filling the role of a Father figure, he has looked after them from tiny babies and has taught them everything they know whilst helping them build their relationships with each other.
And Our Number 1 TV Dad is...
Daddy Pig. Initially I argued against Daddy Pig as I feel that he puts up with far too much from Peppa (although there is a chance I have now watched Peppa Pig so many times I am reading too much into this) but I concede the point that he too is very patient. He is also jolly, he has lots fun with his children- who else would spend quite so much time jumping up and down in muddy puddles, not to mention losing his winter clothes to a snowman? He doesn't lose his temper- not even when an important piece of work ends up in the duck pond and he even conquers his fears for his children- such as braving the Helter Skelter and the roller coaster what more could you ask for from a Dad?!
So that's it then, our top five... none of them are perfect (some quite far from it!) but all share the over-riding theme of trying to do the best for their families and that's good enough for us!
Written by Luke's Mum with plenty of interjection from Luke and his sister, Lottie!