Lessons In Parenthood From Doctor Who

I have some confessions to make

  • I own not one but two sonic screwdrivers that also function as remote controls.  Mainly because I like being able to wave my sonic and have it do stuff.
  • I requested and had my mother knit for me a full size, colour correct Fourth Doctor scarf which I accepted with glee for my birthday and she swore never to attempt again.
  • I  have done multiple Who themed photo shoots with Bear and dressed him as the Eleventh Doctor for his first Halloween party. Everyone thought he was a hipster. Philistines!

So you’ve probaby guessed by now I’m a Whovian from way back. During Bear’s life I’ve revisited it quite a bit to keep me awake during night feeds, or sitting up while teething/sick and I realised it has a lot to say about being a parent. So without further ado, here are 6 lessons from the Doctor about motherhood.


There is no point in being a grown up if you cant be a little childish sometimes

doctor who childish

This. A thousand times this. Sometimes you’ve just got to ignore the washing up, get down on the floor and play. Childhood is fleeting and the best lesson I could give to anyone with kids is to embrace your inner child and learn how to play again.


Books! The best weapons in the world!

doctor who books

There’s a thousand studies that tell you how important reading to a child is. What I wasn’t prepared for is how fun it is. There is nothing more awesome to me than seeing Bear practically hold his breath with anticipation because he knows Scarface Claw is on the next page.  A love of reading means you travel to a thousand different worlds all without leaving your bedroom and is the greatest possible gift any parent can give their child.


They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.

doctor who blink

Toddlers and Weeping Angels have a lot in common. They can cover a ridiculous amount of distance quickly and as soon as you blink or look away the trouble begins. And my god do they ever get into trouble quickly.


900 years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important

doctor who important

When Bear was a newborn I was so preoccupied with being the best mum ever, I sort of abandoned myself. It took me a long time to realise that I was important too.  Taking care of your child to the detriment of yourself will just burn you out.  I also noticed that the less I took care of myself the more stressed Bear grew. Once I took some time out and came back rested and refreshed, he was happier too.


Would You Like A Jelly Baby?

doctor who jelly baby

Always bring snacks. Everywhere. Bring more than you think they can possibly eat then add a banana because bananas are good. Children don’t just get hungry, they get hangry. And hell hath no fury like a hangry toddler.



Bow Ties/Fezzes/Glasses/Bunk Beds/Stetsons Are Cool

doctor who cool

This one isn’t parenting related per say but it’s important advice that I intend to pass on to my own little Dalek. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t love something.  I was scared of being thought of as a dork my whole life so I pretended not to love things.  Anyone who makes fun of you for being enthusiastic over something is not worth your time.


Have you had a parenting realization inspired by an an unlikely source? Let me know in the comments!

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    1. My husband said last night that our son doesn’t walk or run so much as dance everywhere. Watching him run dance is the funniest!

  1. While I do watch some sci fi I’ve never “gotten” Doctor Who. I was thinking of getting a bunk bed to turn it into a reading cave for myself 🙂

    1. It’s very much an acquired taste I think. One of those things that’s hard to get into as a grown up but if you watched at 6 years old, you still love it your whole life.

      Oh man a bunk bed as a reading cave sounds awesome! I love those Ikea loft beds for that. They would be great.

  2. I LOVE this. My sister is a huge Whovian to the point that her nursery has a tardis as the wardrobe and a K9 toy box. All made by my uncle. Who owns a number of the scarves you mentioned.

  3. Oh I love this post. All points are Sooo true. Thanks to my 4, almost five year old Dr Who obsessed son, who wants a TARDIS for his birthday, I am now quite a fan of the show & David Tennant too 😉

  4. Toddlers and Weeping Angels have a lot in common. – That made me laugh!!

    SO TRUE!

    I also taught my kids it is okay to cry at a TV show! Bad wolf bay – sobbing!!!! As Amy follows Rory to the angels – sobbing!!!!


    My favourite quote for telling my kids is:

    “We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all people that you used to be.”

    1. Oh I love that one too! It’s full of good ones like that. My other favourite is the one from Vincent and The Doctor ‘The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things.The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant”

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