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Max & Ruby (2002)
I dislike Max & Ruby
I don't let my children watch it anymore because there is no parent figure.
She may want kids to figure things out on their own, but I find this irresponsible. Parents are there to teach and help children, not to abandon them. There is not a single sign of a parental figure, and Grandma is the closest thing, and you can't figure out how far away she lives. Next door, a quick walk, or a bus ride away. A BUS RIDE!! 2 kids getting onto a bus by themselves to go to Grandma's?! This is teaching responsibility!! I hope no kid gets the same idea in real life and hops on a bus hoping to see grandma! Can you say Amber Alert? I also think Ruby shouldn't have to play "mommy & daddy". You can see how is wears on her when she get frustrated at her little brother. She can't be a kid herself because she is always taking care of her little brother. It's too much responsibility for a young person to handle.
I'd probably like it better if it implied a caregiver/parent to show that Ruby had someone to go to when things got tough and not made to feel like she has to do everything from bathing her brother, dressing him, putting him in bed, feeding him, playing with him, and watching him. When does Ruby get a break? She's not his mom, she's his sister!
I have 7 kids and I would not expect them to behave like an adult. They are kids first and foremost!