Happy Father’s Day to the two men that read my blog – my husband and my father lol. I hope you are enjoying a day with your father or simply resting in the deep deep love that your Heavenly Father has for you.
On Tuesday, I looked at my favorite dads in kiddy lit, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction. To be honest, I really could only think of 10. And barely that. The moms list that I came up with around Mother’s Day was tough too.
So my question today is where have all the good parents in fiction gone? I know there are a lot still out there – Reese Mitchell, Eisley Barrett (both from Pepper Basham), the Porters (Becky Wade), the Carringtons (Sarah Monzon) and more. But it seems as though – especially in young adult fiction – there aren’t as many examples of good parents anymore. Not as many healthy marriages either, fewer two-parent homes for teens/young kids, etc.
Why do you think this is? Is it a reflection of society? Is it because – thanks to the changing world – there are a growing number of authors who didn’t have good relationships with their parents? I really don’t know and it’s something I’ve been mulling over as I read more young adult fiction.
So what about you? Where are the good parents in fiction – or even picture books? Give me your fave examples. I’d love to hear your thoughts on why they’re being more rare, too!