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The Place of Dads in The Star Wars Universe

Not seen the new Star Wars movie yet?  It may be best to not read the following look, at the place of Dads in the Star Wars Universe – as it very much includes The Force Awakens.

No seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t seen it.  If you still want to read this, please scroll past Darth…

Spoilers below…

Darth-Vader

Still here? Ok…

I came across this little article earlier “Patriarchy and Star Wars: The Mother Strikes Back” where its argued that Mothers don’t seem to be liked much in the Star Wars universe. The thing is, Padme dies in childbirth, Shmi doesn’t die well, and yes it is suggested that Leia sent her son away… but let’s see if Dads do well in Star Wars, by looking at the main male characters and how well they do at the father / child relationship thing.

 

Obi Wan Kenobi

While not a dad as such to Anakin Skywalker, it could be argued that the guy was a father figure in some ways (particularly after Qui-Gon Jinns death). Obi Wan seemed to only really listen to Anakin once he rebelled. In punishment for Anakin’s rebellion, it can be argued that Obi Wan slashed the guy with a light saber and left him to burn in lava. That’s not nice parenting.

Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader

Whilst growing up as a slave, Anakin didn’t seem to have a dad on the scene, until one day this cool guy that could do mind tricks turned up, telling him that he could be free and train as Jedi as long as he left his mother behind. Anakin chose to hang out with this guy who could potentially had been the dad that he’d never had. This “dad” died an hours movie time later.

The replacement father figure seemed a lot younger, didn’t seem to listen to Anakin much, seemed keen to keep Anakin from seeing his mother, and anyone else who he may have an emotional attachment with. This forced Anakin to see his Mum in secret (in time for her to die – and not die well), and for him to have a secret relationship with Padme. Due to not being able to discuss his fears about Padme dying in childbirth, with his father (Obi Wan), Anakin found another person to confide in.

This led to a chain of events that led to Anakin being left burning by his father figure, just to be saved by another one. This new father figure picked him, dusted him down, and gave him a new life.

When Darth Vader realised that his son survived child birth, he went across the galaxy to track him down, and offer him a chance to work with him. Sadly Luke went grumpy teenager, screamed No at him, and jumped down into Cloud City. (Yes Darth cut off his hand, but this was a result of the love shown to him by Obi Wan Kenobi)

After being shown this love, Luke went to see Darth Vader – who in turn took him to see the only family Darth Vader had on the Death Star. This set up a chain of events that led to Luke killing his Dad. Whilst his friends blew up Darths place of work, AGAIN.

Luke Skywalker

Spent his teenage life living with his aunt and uncle who told him that his father Anakin / Darth had died, and felt trapped within his life as a farm boy. Possibly as a result of this sheltered upbringing he didn’t react well to the happy news that his father was alive, snogged his sister, and killed his own father, before setting his father’s dead body on fire.

Since then, it’s possibly the case that he has abandoned his family and went into hiding after a work project had gone wrong.

Han Solo.

Let’s ask how the relationship with his son is? No wait…

In conclusion…

I think it’s fair to say that families in general don’t do well in Star Wars.

Is there anything I’ve missed from the above list?

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Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we’re slowly moving into Christmas. That time of year when we all run around finding presents for each other. Some people are easy to buy for… if you dont have kids, buying Christmas presents for kids can be difficult.  Are you looking for Christmas present ideas for kids? If you are, this is the list for you! Be warned, the parents involved might hate you if you get any of these…

(As a side note… If any of the “uncles” happen to read this blog post – DONT THINK OF IT!!!)

Here is the Dads Sofa list of Christmas present ideas for kids – when you hate parents….

Monkey Present?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The ParentsIts a monkey.

You can play catch!

It screams!

For the ultimate noise and destruction check out the Screaming Monkey from Amazon!

A Singing Peppa Pig.

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Question. Which parent doesn’t want an oversized singing peppa pig toy in their house?

Answer. NONE. And they dont want you to find it here either.

Work THAT ENERGY OUT!

Know a kid with lots of energy?

Does that kid have untapped musical talent?

Help the kids parents unleash that talent by getting this from Amazon

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Encourage The Dalek

Are you shopping for a little dalek?

The Dad a fan of Doctor Who?

Happy with forcing kids to confront nightmares?

Get them something for their bedroom….

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Found at Amazon.

Encourage Cuddles

Because who doesn’t like a giant teddy that the parents don’t have room for?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Find this cuddle monster here. 

 

I’m sure there are many worse ideas out there. Have you got any?

Warning. If you buy a kid any of the above, and NOT check with the parent first. You deserve to be woken up with the said toy for the next month. (Uncles – this also means you!)

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Which CBeebies Characters Would Help Me Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?

It all started with a random moment the other day when, Martin from Father Lee Moments wondered on The Dad Network Bloggers group, “I’ve often thought who from the world of cbeebies I would like on my team in the case of a zombie apocalypse!”

Now with the shops filled with Halloween monsters, and memories of 28 days later playing over (and over) in my mind, my imagination may have kicked in.

Therefore, here is my look at what CBeebies characters*, I would include in my team during a zombie apocalypse.

duck-sarah-and-duck-cbeebies Duck. (From Sarah and Duck) Back when Sarah and Duck came to our screens, we joined them for a trip to the zoo, which ended with Sarah being surrounded by hungry penguins. Therefore, I would suggest Duck would be a handy companion for anyone surrounded by hungry zombies, he can swoop in, pick you up and fly you to safe ground.

gemGem from Swashbuckle. She can apply the pirate dealing skills to the zombie apocalypse. I bet she’ll either be handy in a fight, or at least stealing jewels that can be used to bargain for food, weapons, or petrol at some point.

cube-deviceTree Fu Tom, from the action packed CBeebies show. Tree Fu Tom. He is one who can channel Big World Magic to rescue his friends, and solve all sorts of issues. He just needs someone to send him the big world magic.

maddie-moateMaddie Moate from “Do You Know?” – Every team needs someone to be the “brains” of the outfit. Maddie Moate from the show “Did You Know?” would be the brains of the CBeebies zombie team. As long as she had the special cameras on hand to show us how it all works!

peter-rabbit-cbeebiesPeter Rabbit. Picture it. You are surrounded. Zombie hoards are closing in all around you. These aren’t slow slow zombies either, these are crap inducing, rage fuelled zombies that run faster then light. You don’t need to be fast, you need to be proper fast! You don’t just need to be Peter Rabbit fast, you need the updated cbeebies Peter Rabbit fast! Plus I imagine him being pretty handy in finding food.

Well that’s my team to get me through the zombie apocalypse. What do you reckon my chances are?

Check out Father Lee Moments for his take on what cbeebies characters would be in his team during the zombie apocalypse.

Who would you include? 

*Obviously I may have played a little fast and loose with the term “character” at points.

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Parenthood Accidents No One Tells You About

*** Trigger Warning – Some details some people may find gross ****

There we are, relaxing on the grass when Daddy somehow becomes a climbing frame.

As part of the climbing frame experience, I get grass thrown on me…In the midst of the grass throwing… Something happened… It seemed it was a great idea to push grass up my nose.

The photo shows what came out of my nostril…

This made me wonder what other accidents parents could possibly have. (But are so stupid no one speaks of it)

How about:

  1. Falling over a hoola hoop, through your back door, and onto the concrete paving outside.
  2. That sodding plastic tea pot on the floor… Which you still haven’t picked up since you last stepped on it.
  3. Picking up the Little One… Putting them down… Picking them up…. Putting them down… Back gives out….
  4. Skate board. Stairs.
  5. Accidentally riding a scooter in a supermarket checkout aisle.
  6. Accidental Asthma attack, brought on by trying to keep up with Little One on her bike.
  7. After waving your arms around in a mad attempt to ensure your little one doesn’t fall off the church pew, you accidentally hit an innocent bystander… who in turn, hits you.
  8. Chasing after the little one as she runs under a tree branch. Except you forget to duck under the branch.

Any other ideas?

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