Like many family-themed shows, Little House often strived to teach viewers lessons aimed at improving everyday life.
Little House on the Prairie is one of the most beloved family shows of all time. It was created by TV legend Michael Landon who also starred as Charles Ingalls. Based on the “Little House” series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the series was known for its wholesome depiction of small-town life in the late 1800s.
Weekly episodes were filled with hugs, kisses, triumphs, and tragedies. Like many family-themed shows, Little House often strived to teach viewers lessons aimed at improving everyday life. Here are 10 life lessons learned from watching Little House on the Prairie.
A LITTLE HOUSE IS NO REASON NOT TO SNUGGLE
The Ingalls home was incredibly tiny. Laura and Mary shared a loft directly above their parents while the youngest child slept a mere 15 feet away from Ma and Pa. There were only two doors in the whole house and no privacy.
Yet Caroline gave birth twice since moving into the little house and mistakingly thought she was pregnant a third time – so it’s obvious Ma and Pa found time to be intimate regardless of the cramped quarters. The Ingalls children seem to be well adjusted, proving folks should not let their living situation negatively impact their love life.
WHEN IT COMES TO ORPHANS THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE
In season five, the Ingalls family got a little bigger when they took in an orphan named Albert. The small home was already running five people deep but Charles was fond of the boy and Caroline wasn’t about to stand in the way. Three years later the family took in two more children after their parents were killed in a wagon crash.
It wasn’t just the Ingalls who were providing homes for foundlings. Mr. Edwards and his girlfriend took in three kids while the Oleson’s famously adopted Nancy after their daughter moved away. In Walnut Grove, orphans always found homes, setting a shining example for people considering taking in a stray kid.
A MEAT & POTATOES DIET IS THE KEY TO HEALTHY LIVING
Supper time at the Ingalls house usually meant beef stew, fried chicken or something similar. It wasn’t just the Ingalls either. All across Walnut Grove, families were devouring huge plates of roast beef, glazed hams, mashed potatoes, and apple fritters for dessert.
With a diet like that you’d think townsfolk would be struggling with their weight and suffering from heart troubles. In the nine years that Little House aired, there were only three episodes that featured overweight characters. And the fact they were overweight served as the main plot for that week’s show. I guess they weren’t eating enough stew.
IF YOU NEED A MIRACLE JUST ASK
A miracle is the rarest of things – a gift from God given to only the most deserving. But for the Ingalls family, miracles seemed to arrive whenever needed and saved the day more than once.
The most obvious miracle occurred when Charles came right out and asked God to heal his comatose son James, who was near death after being shot. After praying real hard, a bolt of lightning came down from the heavens and zapped James back to perfect health. There were also mysterious fires that lead rescuers to the lost and strange visitors seemingly sent from above to guide the Ingalls in times of a spiritual crisis. The Ingalls had faith and never missed church so the powers above were never shy about offering divine assistance.
NEVER TAKE EYESIGHT FOR GRANTED
Perhaps no show in television history used blindless as a plot device more than Little House on the Prairie. In the season four finale, the Ingalls’ oldest child went blind in what many fans call the best episode of the series. The ratings were sky high and Melissa Sue Anderson, who plays Mary, received an Emmy nomination.
Michael Landon noticed the popularity of the blindness storyline and often centered episodes around the terrible affliction. There was the one about the kid who faked being blind so his parents wouldn’t divorce, the guilty mother who gave up her blind child, and who can ever forget the somewhat creepy episode where Laura’s blind friend falls in love with Mr. Edwards.