Parents are often missing from books whether from a lack of mention or just a complete disregard from the author. However, parents play an important role, either good or bad, in the main character’s upbringing and often become essential to the plot when included in stories. Today, we forget all the bad parents and focus on the good ones, especially those who work. Let’s show some love for all the working parents represented in books.
September 16th is National Working Parents Day so let’s celebrate some of the fantastic working parents in books who support and raise the many characters that we love reading so much about.
1. Molly and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter
Molly and Arthur Weasley are parents to seven children: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny. In between Arthur working at the Ministry of Magic, Molly being a stay-at-home mom, and their seven children, they also end up taking in and taking care of Harry and Hermione while they’re at Hogwarts.
They’re kindhearted, strong-willed, and loving parents who always do what is best for their children including joining the Order of the Phoenix to ensure a better future. If they somehow manage to balance working and being amazing parents to their seven kids, especially with two troublesome, trickster twins, then they’re definitely doing something right in the parent handbook.
2. Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson & The Olympians
In The Lightning Thief, Sally worked in a candy shop and always brought home blue candy for Percy. And honestly, if any parent goes the extra mile and ensures all my meals are blue because blue is my favorite color then you are already a good parent in my mind. She is one of the strongest fictional mothers there are. She married Gabe, a nasty and abusive man, for his repulsive smell just to mask Percy’s demigod scent to keep the monsters away.
Her love for Percy is shown throughout the series. She is willing to do anything to protect her son, even if it means going straight into a battle to find Percy but still managing to defend herself with a shotgun against a giant. I can definitely see where Percy got his bravery and strong will from!
3. Miss Honey from Matilda
Miss Honey is Matilda’s teacher, but she becomes the motherly figure in her life. Matilda impressed her with her intelligence and love for books. She recognizes how gifted she is and supports her as much as possible.
Miss Honey is down-to-earth, sweet, and cares for Matilda. She even attempts to move her to an advanced class so her potential wouldn’t be wasted. Matilda only shares her secret powers with the ones she trusts most, and that includes Miss Honey. She especially becomes the mother figure Matilda has needed by taking her in and allowing her to live with her after her parents flee. Together, they become a happy family.
4. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Bucket is the only one employed in the family until he was laid off from the toothpaste factory while Mrs. Bucket stays home to take care of Charlie and his grandparents. Out of the five golden ticket winners, Charlie probably has the best parents.
His parents are very kind, nurturing, and generous and they always try their best for Charlie such as scraping enough money to buy him a chocolate bar because they know how much he loves chocolate. It is quite obvious which aspects he takes after his parents. His personality and mindset are due to how his parents raised him, and it makes sense why Charlie wins and is offered to be the next heir of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Oftentimes, the beloved characters we read about in books are who they are because of their parents. Just as we appreciate all the working fictional parents, take a moment to celebrate all the working parents in your life for Working Parents Day!
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