Where are Max and Ruby's Mom and Dad? Am I the only one bothered by this?

United States
October 17, 2006 2:13pm CST
My children watch Noggin and Nick Jr. and I love most of the shows, but my daughters favorite is Max and Ruby and it drives me crazy because these rabbits have no parents! They have a Grandma who stops by sometimes, but mostly it is Ruby who I am guessing is about 8 caring for toddler aged Max. She cooks for him, bathes him, puts him to bed, and he is such a bad bunny! Does this bother any other parents?
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@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
17 Oct 06
I haven't seen that show, but there are a lot of kids shows without parents. I think that they leave the parents out because the kids can relate better to the children in the show. Disney has been doing it for years.
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• United States
26 Oct 06
That is true. Thank you for responding!
@Pythonis (233)
• United States
26 Oct 06
Just what I was thinking.
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@lpink75 (15)
• United States
19 Oct 06
I have thought the same thing!! Where are their parents?!?!
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• United States
26 Oct 06
Thanks for the response!
@bhchy1 (6052)
• United States
17 Oct 06
Farmer McGregor got them....Have you ever wondered where the parents for all the kids in Charlie Brown were?? So many shows like this..kids..no parents..but they are just cartoons and unless your kids ask...don't worry about it..
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• United States
17 Oct 06
Yeah, but in Charlie Brown there were adults with the wobbly voices, I don't know about parents though. I think the little red haired girl had parents. But, isn't funny how it doesn't even occur to children?
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• United States
28 Oct 06
I had noticed that too after my kids had started watching that show. I was slightly bothered at the fact that Ruby was taking care of Max but the show is cute so the kids watch it. I really don't police what they watch too much. If it comes on Noggin in the morning they can watch it.
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• United States
28 Oct 06
For the most part I feel that way to about Noggin. There are some shows on Nick, like this new show Mr. Meaty that I am iffy about. Thanks for responding!
@clownfish (3279)
• United States
31 Oct 06
My daughter wanted to watch Mr. Meaty, I wouldn't let her. It just looks too weird!
• United States
31 Oct 06
Yes, I watched one with my son and they replaced a girl's nose with a hot dog/sausage looking thing...just too weird! That was the last one he watched.
@tamm820 (464)
• United States
19 Oct 06
My toddler watched that show for about 2 weeks. I also "verify" his shows before they are actually "allowed". Needless to say, this became an unacceptable show- because I realized the same thing. It wasn't necessarily that there were no parents that bothered me. Plenty of shows dont incorporate that into shows, as a previous poster noted. But what did bother me - was that the child had all the responsibility. I agree, she cooks, cleans, etc. I do not agree with that image. I think these days children grow up to fast, I'm certainly not going to have my child LEARNING how to grow up quicker.
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• United States
19 Oct 06
Thanks for the response. I really like a parent that takes the time to review what their child watches. I think too many people let the tv be a babysitter and don't even know what their children are viewing.
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@tamm820 (464)
• United States
20 Oct 06
Oh, I agree with that. Tv is a privilege in our house, not a past time. It is definiately monitored. Not only by shows, but only 20 hrs a week. And yes, it is so nice, to see parents still get involved with their kids. I truly think it's becoming a lost concept. I almost had a heart attack the other day. One of my discussions was pretty much "do you monitor how many hrs your child watches tv", and one person posted that their child watched 14 hrs a day. I couldnt believe it.
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• United States
31 Oct 06
My husband and I also "verify" my kids shows before they watch them! My inlaws think I'm crazy and very over bearing mom!!! I don't care, I'm not going to be like my SIL and sit my kids in a playpen (at the age of 3) and let them watch tv for 14 hrs straight!!! And they also don't understand why my kids aren't allowed to watch Sponge Bob!!! I have a handful of shows that the kids are allowed to watch and I don't care what anyone says about me, I know that my kids aren't going to be zoombies!!! I also wondered about the Max and Ruby show and don't like that Ruby has to do all the work!! My 4 yr old ask me all the time where is the mommy?
@alycat26 (150)
• United States
28 Oct 06
I ALWAYS wonder that! And why the Berenstein Bears have names like mama papa and sister and brother but the other bears have real names?LOL doesn't that get confusing when they are in large groups. "mama?" and 10 bears say"yess?". Also why does Dora's mom let her wander around by herself like that? And what is she doin trick or treating that late at night BY HERSELF..with a monkey;)
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• United States
28 Oct 06
Thank you for making me laugh! I always wondered about Dora too. Crossing rivers and climbing mountains, what is she 5 or 6?
• United States
31 Oct 06
That is to funny!!!! I also wondered about the Dora and Boots thing!! I don't let my kids out of my site much less going in the river and through the woods to go to the park!!???
• United States
31 Oct 06
I know what you mean, I freak out if one of my children go around a corner without me!
@Cortney (3986)
• United States
2 Nov 06
My daughter loved this show. I think it is weird that you never see their parents either. I couldn't stand the show and told her no more max and ruby.. LOl
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• United States
3 Nov 06
Lol! Thanks for sharing!
@Pythonis (233)
• United States
26 Oct 06
Lots of kids shows have a serious lack of parenting. I guess kids don't want to watch grownups in their TV shows.
• United States
26 Oct 06
That is probably true. Thank you for responding!
• United States
17 Oct 06
i wondered about that myself and have actually had this discussion with my mom.
• United States
26 Oct 06
Thanks for responding!
• Canada
4 Mar 11
OMG it's driving me crazy too!!! My son thinks Ruby s his mom LOL
• United States
8 Apr 09
Yes. This really irritates me..lol. My sister and i have kids and we can not figure out why they dont have parents. If anyone finds out let me know please.lol
• United States
28 Jan 09
January 2009 Ruby and max do have parents! A portrait of them is hanging on the wall in there home. Also, they are portrayed in "Max's birthday" and "Louis's secret". Also, the grandmother is shown quite often. If you would like more info go to www.wikepedia.com and type in ruby and Max. Best to you all p.s. read the books....then watch the show:-)
• United States
6 Sep 08
OH MY GOD- Since I have been watching Max and Ruby with my 5 yr old twin daughters, that is all I think about, is where is the parents? Once there was a scene with a family photo behind the couch, but I could not tell if it was the grandmother and grandfather or parents. This is driving me crazy. I have asked everyone I know that have children and watch the show, but noone seems to know the answer, and then tells me "i've never even thought about it". I am so glad that you are understanding how I feel about this, and I am going to try to find out the answer. Thanks, Nikki Burnes nikkiburnes@charter.net
@bellaofchaos (11554)
• United States
28 Mar 08
I have also wondered and pondered that question. But then I see other shows like mazy and Maggie and the furocious beast. But they are kids and it's cute as long as it's not teaching them bad things then I generally say it's ok. Noggin is geared toward kids and parents but on Nick I have to watch my kids watch I've banned Ned's declassified in my house first and my grams house because they were pulling down eachother's pants from the one episode and said it was a game they learned from that show .. I had to explain to them that no that it's not a game and it's rude. I had banned it here and didn't know that they were watching it at my grams until this episode happened so I talk to my gram and we decided it was best to stop letting them watch it anywhere. LOL!!! But Max and ruby not having parents didn't bother me as much. It does teach the child a lot of responsibility that I don't condone.. Like the child cooking. I wouldn't let my child cook without supervision at all and they would be my helper only if they wanted to. But if I sat down and look at every show my child watched I would be able to have a list of things that bothered me with each show. Like I said as long as they don't teach them naughty things then I'm ok with it.
• United States
21 Feb 08
I have wondering about that too - my son has asked me where Max's Mommy is but Ruby sure is a good big sister!!! esp w/ the little troublemaker Max!