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Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: Adam Tells Haddie She Can Attend Her Dream School, Parenthood “It Is What It Is” 

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Haddie Braverman has always been wise beyond her years in so many ways. When she rebels it’s usually for a reason but at the heart of it, she’s always been a good kid. So when she gets into Cornell in “It Is What It Is,” Kristina and Adam have to talk about what they can afford and what’s best for their family. I thought Max’s needs would once again come before Haddie’s. I wasn’t sure Adam and Kristina would find a way to help Haddie go to her dream school. And when Adam can’t bring himself to dash his daughter’s dreams, it’s got to be my moment of goodness.

I know the economics of it and I know it’s impractical, but I love that they’re going to find the money to send Haddie to Cornell. I was hoping and praying they’d be able to come up with a solution. It’s been a little heart-wrenching to watch Adam start to let go of his daughter this year. He knows she’s going off to college soon and he just wants to spend as much time with her as possible. Things kind of exploded between them on the car ride to Grandma’s, but I’m glad they’re in a good place now.

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Haddie is the easy child. She rarely gives her parents trouble and she works incredibly hard in school. So when Haddie is ecstatic about getting into Cornell early we can see the wheels turning in Adam’s head. They’ve got to face facts. Adam makes a lot less now than he was making at his old job. Kristina’s working but they just don’t have that kind of money to send Haddie to an Ivy League school. They’ve got a new baby and Max’s expenses are considerable.

I liked that Haddie was trying really hard to keep it all bottled up. I think she was being a good daughter by not saying why she was so upset at first. She’s pitched in to help with Max and made a number of sacrifices, usually without complaint. So when Kristina pokes and prods enough to get an honest answer out of Haddie, I was glad she finally spoke up for herself. Haddie feels she’s being punished for being the normal one. Max seems to be the priority all the time and she’s upset about it. I think she has every right to be. She’s often asked to babysit Max. She knows how she needs to act around her brother to avoid tantrums or flareups. In some ways, Haddie is like Max’s third parent. And that’s not fair to her; she’s still a kid.

Adam and Kristina decide to tell Haddie she has to go to Berkeley but Adam can’t make himself do it. When he goes to Haddie’s room to talk to her he can see how upset she is. I love that he didn’t want to crush this dream for her. I love that he and Kristina ae willing to make some pretty serious sacrifices to make their daughter happy and ensure she gets a great education. I hope Haddie does get to leave the nest and I hope her Cornell experience is amazing. But until then I – like Adam Braverman – want to enjoy every moment she’s still living under his roof.

Parenthood airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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