Raising a Kid in the Apocalypse

The Walking Dead has taught us, the viewers, many valuable apocalyptic life lessons over the last 5 seasons. Season 6 kicked off with a bang on Sunday and I’m sure there will be brand new lessons to learn.

Perhaps one of the most intricate lessons we’ve been learning is how to raise a kid amidst a zombie apocalypse. Information that I’m sure will come in handy one day. Hey, if Glenn and Maggie make it, they may be able to benefit from Rick’s experience raising Judith and Carl.
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1. Role Models are Important
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Carol has become a surrogate mother to little Judith, in the absence of Judith’s deceased momma, Lori. Sure…she’s a killer, but it’s only ever been out of necessity and to protect the family. And if that means killing psychotic kids, disease-ridden women, crazy cannibals or the run of the mill zombie, then so be it. What better role model is there for a 2 year old baby girl, really?

2. Learning from Big Brother
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Carl loves his baby sister. And sure…he had to kill his own mother, but she was a zombie. What’s a son to do? Plus big brother will be able to teach little Judith to shoot one day. And if she makes it through her terrible two’s, she’s gonna need those skills!

3. Father Knows Best
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Rick loves that little girl! That much we know. Sure…he’s murdered countless people. Being the leader of the pack in a zombie apocalypse means making the tough call. And desperate times call for a swift stab to the temple. You better believe that Rick will do whatever it takes to protect his daughter from the evil undead of this world!! There is no greater love than this: that a man would lay down a score of zombies to save the life of his friends and family.

4. Home is Where the Heart Is
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The farmhouse…er. The prison…uh-uh. Terminus…definitely not. Alexandria…ummmm. Ok, so home may be a fluid concept when you’re faced with hoards of flesh eating zombies. But that hasn’t stopped Rick from trying to find a place for Judith, Carl and Co. to call home. Is it his fault that just when they all get comfortable, everything goes to hell in a hand basket? No. He keeps hoping. He keeps trying. He keeps fighting. That’s what a good father does.

Here’s hoping the rest of season 7 is a little brighter for little baby Judith and her extended apocalypse family!!
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5 Fandom Friday

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5 Favorite Fictional Fathers

I have been derelict in my 5 Fandom Friday posts as of late. This nerd has a lot going on these days. But that is no excuse for lazy blogging. So I’m jumping back in with my 5 Favorite Fictional Fathers.

Thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for this topic! And for anyone who was wondering if Father’s Day was this weekend or last weekend, it’s not. It’s next weekend. (I definitely got that one wrong last Sunday when I posted a Happy Father’s Day message for my dad, only to find out I was 2 weeks early.) But really… shouldn’t every day be Father’s Day?

Here we go…

#1 – Danny Tanner from Full House

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For me, no one (except my own father) can beat the parenting of Danny Tanner. Morally upright. Comforting, caring, always trying to make DJ, Stephanie and Michelle the best people they could be. And look at this dad sweater. No one can rock a dad sweater like Danny Tanner!!! Classic.

#2 – Carl Winslow from Family Matters

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Coming in at a very close second is Carl Winslow. The wonderful thing about Carl was that not only did he parent his own children, but he quickly became a father figure for a certain nerdy neighbor. He does get a few points taken away for the mysterious disappearance of the youngest daughter, Judy. But he was still a stellar TV dad.

#3 – Alan Matthews from Boy Meets World

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Any teen of the 90’s will put this man on their list. Alan Matthews from Boy Meets World. This is one stellar father! He also raised his own children while becoming a surrogate parent for the one and only Shawn Hunter. And in season 6 when Chet Hunter, Shawn and his half-brother, Jack’s father, dies, it’s Alan Matthews that tells Shawn that he’s always been apart of the Matthews family and that they may as well adopt him. Every time I watch that episode, I cry!

#4 – Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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We know him best as Will’s Uncle Phil. But this is another example of surrogate parenting. When Vivian’s sister sent Will to live in Bel-Air with the Banks family, she made the right choice for his future. Uncle Phil took him in and treated him as if he was one of his own children. He provided structure and discipline and love like the great father that he is!

#5 – Uncle Jesse from Full House

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Uncle Jesse is by far the hottest dad on the list. When we first met Jesse, he was the beloved uncle to Michelle, DJ and Stephanie, co-parenting along with Danny and Joey. But later in the show, Jesse got married and had some kids of his own. Even so, he still remained the hot, rockstar that we met at the beginning. And he never left our hearts!!!

Big shout-out to my own dad who exhibits all of the qualities these 5 men exhibit and so much more!! Taking in children who need father figures, check. Teaching about lofty morals and strong character, check. Life lessons at the drop of the hat, double check!!

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