Okay so this isn’t my usual rant. There is nothing really to be upset about, no stupid people involved, no one being rude. But as I sat pondering my next post while my kids watched Max and Ruby, I heard myself thinking what I always do when that show is on: where are the parents?
Seriously, do any of you watch this show with your children? Well for those of you who haven’t, it is a show about two bunnies, “Max and Ruby, Ruby and her little brother Max.” In many shows, the children will take a bus or walk over to their Grandmother’s house, but never is their any mention of parent bunnies. And I have to wonder, where are they? Why aren’t they ever even mentioned? There is no indication that they are at work, or away on vacation, or even deceased. They are never mentioned at all. Over and over again Ruby, the big sister, (who is only seven) takes care of little brother Max who is so young he only says one word at a time, so he’s what, maybe two? Max is there when Ruby has a friend over, when she is going to bunny scouts, when she is doing her homework. And at bedtime, it is Ruby who tucks Max in and handles lost stuffed animals and nightmares. She feeds him; fixes his boo boos, and generally does everything you would expect his parents to do.
So again, there is no reason for ranting or raving. No one to blame (well maybe the writers.) I am just perplexed. Why did they write this show so that a young bunny is solely responsible for her toddler brother? I’m not going to get all social justice on you or pretend that I think there is a message about the independence of children, or the political correctness of working parents, but I do think it is odd. It is noticeable enough that every time my kids are watching the show I find myself thinking where are the parents?Does anyone know?