A person tries to be a Good Parent
--but no matter what they do, the child still does their own thing and charges headlong into trouble. This can lead to the parent disowning their child
Compare Antagonistic Offspring
, Enfante Terrible
, Where Did We Go Wrong?
Live Action Television
- Game of Thrones: However cruel and idiotic she is, Cersei Lannister did try to be a good mother to her children. While things worked out with Myrcella and Tommen, the same can't be said for her eldest, Joffrey.
- EastEnders: Dot Cotton, a god fearing chain smoking member of society raised Nick. Although, she apparently did try.
- Inverted with Joxer of Xena: Warrior Princess who is the White Sheep of the family - he comes from a long line of warlords but no matter how hard he tries he just can't be evil.
- Mama Tried by Merle Haggard. He talks about turning 21 in prison, doing life without parole, and states he is the only one to blame, as Mama tried.
- The first verse of "Don't go chasing waterfalls" by TLC has a mother trying to dissuade her son from dealing drugs. He gets killed.
- Johnny Cash: "When I was just a baby, my momma told me 'Son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns' but I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die..."
- Another song, called Don't take your guns to town.
- While Drew and Charlotte often spoil or enable Angelica in Rugrats, frequent attempts are made to properly discipline and educate their daughter, she never learns.