In the episode “Beaver Takes A Walk” one man’s junk is another man’s treasure or in this case June thinks Ward’s old pedometer is a broken watch. Ward tells her all about the pedometer given to him as a child before June comments, “Sounds old fashioned to me” making our modern understanding of old fashion, well a bit ironic. Ward eager to gain Beaver’s interest in the pedometer exaggerated the miles he walked as child like the familiar cliche of a parent who walked to school up hill both ways, without shoes (all together now) in the snow! At school, Gilbert tells Beaver the 20 miles his father supposedly walked was “boloney,” and beaver believing his father defended him by accepting a bet to rack up 20 miles in one day. Meanwhile, Beaver setting out to prove Gilbert wrong starts walking and reaches only three miles by the end of the day. Ward feels proud (not knowing about the bet) and tells June, “It’s a very nice tribute for a boy to want to be like his father,” but June bursts his bubble with a little zinger, “I suppose. As long as he doesn’t over do it.” Well, Beaver lost the bet he made with Gilbert; therefore losing the baseball glove, and he retreats to his room to sulk just like all kids do. Ward finds out that Beaver is mad at “everyone” after asking him to play ball outside and instead Beaver locks himself in the bathroom! Being a chill dad he gives Beaver space to calm down rather than taking the door off the hinges like some parents would do (I may or may not be referencing Roseanne). A chat with Wally explains the situation, and this is where Ward learns that kids believe anything a parent tells them. Ward then admits to Beaver he exaggerated the miles and in the end Beaver is back to himself- searching the walls in his room for a secret door. Also, Ward replaced the baseball glove because he felt somewhat responsible, but of course it was followed with the classic phrase, “I hope you learned your lesson.”
Parenting Tip: When you exaggerate your childhood stories to your children- they will believe you; therefore be ready to apologize when they get themselves into a fine mess over it.
I’m in a modern romance with the old show, Leave It To Beaver. Really I’m far too young to have grown up watching the show, but now that I’m married with two kids, well gee the show is just fine. Admittedly, and sorry that I’m about to paraphrase that famous line from Jerry McGuire, but Beaver had me at “Say.” I’m hooked, and what’s more is I’m inspired by this picture perfect family that completes me. Now, when parenting my children I find myself asking, “What would Ward do?” Let me tell you, as a professional in the field of child care and as an early child care education student, this show has some wise techniques for today’s parents. Just leave it to me to tell you how.