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Mad Men: Is Don or Betty Draper a Better Parent?

Don or Betty Draper: Who Has More of a Parental Instinct?

Divorce divides the Draper family as season four of Mad Men premiered last night. While Don puts long hours in the office and lives in the city, Betty continues to reside in the former couple's suburban home with their three children — Sally, Bobby, and Gene — and her new husband, Henry. Though the young mother's primary concern seems to be her marriage, and Betty has questionable (at best) parenting methods, she is the kids' primary caretaker. Don has a better rapport with his youngsters, who are happy and relaxed around him, but their visits are infrequent. Which Draper do you think is a better parent?
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Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Yeah, why no option to vote for Carla? Holy crow, the woman isn't even a trained childcare professional, she's their housekeeper, and she's still a better mommy figure. If I had to pick a Draper, I would say Don's the better parent. I said to my friend, it would be so great if he got full custody, but I don't know if his apartment is the greatest place for them. It's in the middle of the city (these are kids who have spent their whole lives in the suburbs), he's working all day, and as we've learned, he's into kinky hooker sex. I felt so bad for Sally last night; I really saw how much we had in common. A self-absorbed but well meaning mother, an emotionally distant father, that's not a good combo. (Also, I almost threw up at the table one Thanksgiving dinner because my mom shoved food in my mouth!)
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree with honeybrown! carla is the only stable person in their lives!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Carla!
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