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3 Moral Lessons I Learned From Leave it to Beaver

Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.

The Cleavers


Leave it to Beaver was a TV sitcom which ran from 1957 to1963. The show was about a mythical family known as the Cleavers who had two sons, the older one named Wally and the younger one who always got into trouble named Beaver.

On the surface Leave it to Beaver would be the last place someone might want to look if they were seeking advice about how to live life in the 21st century, but there are many life lessons in each episode of the show. Some of the most obvious ones parents are smarter than you think,and actions have consequences both good and bad depending on the action

Lesson One

The first lesson I found layered into a few Leave it to Beaver episodes is that life is a series of lessons, some simple, some complicated which are learned from and then used to move forward in life.

In the show Beaver was always getting himself into some kind of trouble he had to get out of. and in the end his father would always use the episode as a teach able moment.

Lesson Two

The second lesson I learned was that most people forget in life, to err is human, to forgive is easier then you think. There are to many people who hold grudges over little things. In Leave it to Beaver any time the Beaver would do something there were consequences for his actions, but there was also forgiveness. No one ever held a grudge against him, they always forgave him and moved on, something many people need to learn.

Lesson Three

The third lesson, which might not be a lesson, is we need to go back to a time when less was more. Less technology meant more time together. Today smart phones and computers have turned us time to a few clicks on a keyboard. In the years of the 1950's and 1960's us time was face to face time around a dinner table or outside talking to neighbors. How many people reading this actually know more than one person in their neighborhood. I know I don't.

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It's A Wrap

In the end the Cleavers were a family who reveled in the simple things, A family who took the time to sit down and discuss with their children right from wrong, instead of letting the schools take care of the problem. They were a family where the parents worked in order to try and sought to give them a better life then they had. I remember as a kid, wanting what the Cleavers had, a nice little home with a picket fence in a quiet neighborhood.

Sure I know the Cleavers laid back lifestyle may have been nothing more Hollywood hype then truth but their were and still are lessons to be learned from watching each episode. Here's to more old time TV lessons

© 2013 Timothy Whitt


Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 09, 2014:

I loved that show. I was born the year it began, so only remember the later ones. Life certainly has changed, but the lessons are still relevant. Thanks for the helpful analysis. Maybe the reruns will be more interesting after reading this article.

Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on April 02, 2013:


sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on April 01, 2013:

Very useful advice. Voted up and interesting.

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