I started this show last night with a sense of deja vu from Trading Spouses from Monday. I mean, what are the odds of two such "different'" shows having traveling moms the same week? LOL
Anyway...to our funeral family first. Yes, the dad did seem to be detached from participating in his family, but outsiders would probably say the same thing about my husband's job in the military. The important thing is if he is trying (as my husband does) to be an active participant with his wife and children when he does get to be at home. It did appear at the end that he was trying much harder, and if he is that busy, maybe he can get someone to handle details after hours for him. All in all, this family seemed very balanced and happy. I know that my own children would love for their dad to be able to be home more often, but we focus on making the most of the time he has rather than the time we are missing.
The bus family....oh my goodness! I've seen a lot of discussion about abuse on this site but this dad is ranking as the tops for emotional abuse of his children....right up there with Miss Mia which is saying A LOT! Every parent out there knows that there are times when we want to do our "own thing" but not at the expense of your children. If you can't grow up and look beyond your own needs why get married, and why the heck bring children into your selfish life? And the mother is enabling him to control his girls without a thought for their feelings. While spouses should support each other, they should never allow their spouse to abuse the children on any level, and emotional abuse, or making a child feel unworthy to express themselves, is one of the most loathsome forms of abuse, IMO.
My teenagers watched this episode with me last night, and I get to write my hubby and tell him we have officially been named "good parents." God I love reality TV...my kids don't think I'm so weird now! LOL