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Child Beyond Redemption
GoodParents, terrible kid.
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And I turned 21 in prison doing life without parole
No-one could steer me right, but Mama tried, Mama tried
Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

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?.


Examples

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • In 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.

Music
  • "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".

Western Animation
  • While Drew and Charlotte often spoil or enable Angelica in Rugrats, Drew frequently attempts to properly discipline and educate her, but she never learns.

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