12 Greatest TV Parents and Parenting Styles

While we all understand that our favorite TV family dynamics and their lives are scripted, there are still lessons to be learned from their style and parenting choices. We all have our favorites that got stuck with us for years and maybe even shaped our own values and style. Remember Cliff Huxtable's playful style? Or Uncle Phil's tough love? From these guys to many others, we definitely learned something. Let's take a look at 12 shows that remain unforgettable thanks to their characters and their traits:

Waltonmuseum Boy Meets World (Parents Alan and Amy Matthews)

1. Boy Meets World (Parents Alan and Amy Matthews)

In this show both parents were laid-back, but remained always involved in their kids' lives. They did not resembled helicoptering parents and kept their distance, but always came to rescue when Cory, Eric, or Morgan needed a guiding hand.

The show taught us to know when to keep the distance and let kids live their own lives, make their own mistakes, but then also when to draw a line and help out.

Waltons Museum Growing Pains (Parents Jason and Maggie Seaver)

2. Growing Pains (Parents Jason and Maggie Seaver)

The Seavers never forgot their values and stayed strong in them, but they adjusted their parenting style based on different kids' personalities and needs. Mike, the class clown needed very different kind of attention that goody two-shoes Carol.

Lesson learned here is that your kids are different, so you have to be able to adjust and approach each one of them differently.

3. Arrested Development (Parent Michael Bluth)

Despite sometimes crazy family dynamics, Michael tries to spend as much time as he can with his son and teach values by example. Responsible decisions can prevent some actions with negative consequences and Michael wants his son to get that.

No matter what is happening around you, the parent has to be a source of stability, encouragement, and values to his or her kids.

Waltons Museum Full House (Parents Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis, and Joey Gladstone)

4. Full House (Parents Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis, and Joey Gladstone)

All three of those parents taught something different and something that they each were good at. Danny was teaching the girls to separate right from wrong, Jesse was leading conversation about more grown-up issues, and Joey took care of entertainment.

Nobody can handle everything. You should determine what you are good at and stick to that niche in the family to be of the most use.

Waltonmuseum Downton Abbey (Parents Robert and Cora Crawley)

5. Downton Abbey (Parents Robert and Cora Crawley)

The Lord and Lady Crawley love their three daughters unconditionally, but they are often faced with modern daughters' views fighting with their old-fashioned morality and traditions. Lady Cora has to convince Robert that some modern aspects of their daughters' lives have to be accepted or at least understood and tolerated.

One thing to take away from this show is that we need to be able to change together with our young generation if we want to be effective parents and give relevant advice to our kids.

Waltons Museum Happy Days (Parents Howard and Marion Cunningham)

6. Happy Days (Parents Howard and Marion Cunningham)

The Cunninghams were very traditional, but were able to treat their kids like adults, when such family dynamics wasn't a norm.

All of us can learn how to balance our values with modern needs of our kids. Communication is the key in evolving parenting style.

Waltonmuseum Home Improvement (Parents Tim and Jill Taylor)

7. Home Improvement (Parents Tim and Jill Taylor)

Jill was a strict disciplinarian while Tim played the ?good cop?, but both were flexible enough to alternate their roles when the boys needed it.

Both parents have capabilities to assume different roles when parenting duty calls for it and this way provide maximum support.

Waltons Museum Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Parents Phil and Vivian Banks)

8. Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Parents Phil and Vivian Banks)

Both parents knew how to offset tough love and lessons with humor. They were honest when needed, sensitive when called for, and had the ability to treat every child like their own.

Lecturing your kids can turn into a laughing fest and it's OK. A parent can be a friend sometimes to really reach the depth of the child.

Waltonmuseum Gilmore Girls (Parent Lorelai Gilmore)

9. Gilmore Girls (Parent Lorelai Gilmore)

Lorelai was a mom first, unapologetically pulling the ?mom card? when needed, but she was also her daughter's best friend.

The lesson: you can be your child's best friend, but you should know when to stop and become a parent, helping and coaching your kids through whatever hurdles life throws at them. Give them freedom, but take it away when you feel that they betrayed your trust.

Waltons Museum Step by Step (Parents Frank and Carol Lambert)

10. Step by Step (Parents Frank and Carol Lambert)

In a mixed family situation, both parents made effort to connect to each other's kids and teach them to get along with each other.

Blended families are definitely harder to navigate than traditional, but it doesn't mean that it can't be done. If you will put enough effort to create unique relationships with each other's kids, your actions will very often be noticed and appreciated. It might take some patience, but it's definitely worth it.

11. Game of Thrones (Parents Ned and Catelyn Stark)

Waltons Museum The Brady Bunch (Parents Mike and Carol Brady)

Ned was a passionate defender of what is right and never stepped over his principles. He taught his kids personal responsibility with his words and with his actions. He loved his kids above all and showed them how to lead a righteous life even when it means the ultimate sacrifice.

Your kids are always looking up to you, so set the right example.

12. The Brady Bunch (Parents Mike and Carol Brady)

Six kids are a lot of work, but if you made a decision to have that many, you should still find time to get involved in all of their lives. Each kid felt special and loved.

No matter what life throws at you, find time to know what is happening in each child's life and heart.