The show Young sheldon takes place in the 1990s during a time when parenting was very different than it is today. Parents were arguably less protective when children played in the streets from afternoon until sunset. They played a lot of video games, albeit on much more rudimentary consoles. And they ate sugary cereals and drank sodas without a care in the world. This is not to say that parenting has improved, it is simply different, just like the current landscape.
In the series, George and Mary are raising their three children, including Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory. And while they do the best they can, some of their parenting options, and those of other parents in the program, might surprise some.
10 Let Sheldon go to high school
At the tender age of nine, Mary and George decided to let Sheldon attend high school. It was obvious that he was not challenged enough in elementary school, so he needed to be in a place that could help expand his mind and intellect.
However, while Sheldon was more than intellectually ready for high school, he was nowhere near mature enough. And as someone who was also socially awkward, the decision added pressure to his life.
9 Let Sheldon go to college
As the season progressed and Sheldon grew older and it was clear that he wasn’t being challenged in high school either, the parents made the decision to allow him to attend college early. Yes, Mary was reluctant to let him go until Sheldon pressed him.
Sheldon’s excitement to go was what convinced Mary to give in. But the fact that she was putting all her trust in professor and friend Dr. Sturgis to take care of Sheldon while he was there was questionable. Yes, Sheldon had approached the professor, but they also knew that it was not the most ideal situation.
8 George and Mary choosing clear favorites
All parents will say that they do not have a favorite child, but most likely deep down they do. However, they will never ever show it. Mary, however, flatters Sheldon, always concerned with keeping her bright and special boy happy and comfortable. She will prepare her favorite foods and constantly adjust things to suit her quirks.
That, of course, is a sign of a great mother who knows what her child needs and wants to make sure they feel safe. That said, it sometimes comes at the expense of Georgie and Missy, especially Missy. The fact that she is Sheldon’s twin but receives less attention could contribute to why she is so self-centered.
7 Connie teasing Mary
Connie has a wonderful personality and is who she is. But he makes fun of his daughter Mary a lot, which makes one wonder if he did it when Mary was a child, too. Of course, Connie loves her daughter very much. But constantly berating Mary’s decisions, be it her dedication to the church, her conservative personality, or her choice of husband, Connie always finds the opportunity to make a joke.
There is no doubt that Connie is a wonderful mother. But some of the things he says to Mary could hurt the woman, even if she doesn’t show it.
6 George baby
Most of the time, George can be found sitting in his chair in the living room, watching the game, and having a beer. George drinks quite a bit of beer, actually. Drink while watching TV, while eating, while working in the garage, while hanging out with friends.
George’s drinking apparently became a problem at some point, as learned in Big Bang Theory. And his decision to drink more than it probably should affect the relationship he had with his family.
5 Don’t try to focus more on Georgie’s performance in school
Rather than trying to encourage Georgie to do better in school, Mary and George seem to simply accept that he is not a smart kid and never will be. They let him be who he is, which is great. But that means not pushing him to improve, asking for the help of a tutor, or sitting down to help Georgie with her homework.
In fact, Georgie is rarely seen doing homework. His parents just didn’t push him to apply himself in many ways, not academically or generally in life.
4 Sparks don’t try to help Billy
The Sparks are Cooper’s hilarious neighbors, and Brenda’s mother is an aggressive woman who gets angry with Mary while father Herschel seems to get along with George.
But when it comes to his son Billy, his parents let him freak out. Instead of encouraging your child, they roll their eyes or blindfold him to the fact that there are things they could do to help guide him. So it’s no wonder Billy is one of the least loved characters on the show.
3 Connie insulting George
Connie did not approve of her daughter being with George, and despite the couple having been married for over a decade, she continues to scold George. She makes fun of his job, his weight, and his abilities as a father and husband.
Most of the time, everything is a joke. However, this should make Mary feel bad knowing that she does not have the full support and approval of her mother. It also often puts Mary in the middle of their disputes.
two Same packed lunches for the kids
Sheldon is a picky eater, as most children are his age. However, it seems like he eats the exact same lunch every day: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Mary is a busy mother of three, but it seems like a little variety could be good for her children.
She makes more balanced dinners, as seen in various episodes when the family is sitting down for dinner. And while the lunches were very indicative of time, they seem very repetitive by today’s standards.
1 Pastor Jeff moving next door
After her marriage to Officer Robin and the announcement of her pregnancy, Pastor Jeff decided to buy a house. But his decision to buy the Cooper’s house next door is puzzling. Would the best environment for your next child be to be so close to Sheldon, who clearly tests your patience?
It might work to your advantage to have Mary, who works for Pastor Jeff, around to help with the childcare. But it might have been better to establish your new family in another neighborhood, away from potential stressors.
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