Children’s TV show Hey Duggee is to award frazzled mums and dads with their ‘Parenting in 2020’ badge to celebrate efforts during a year of juggling homeschooling and Zoom calls with their everyday challenges
- Popular cartoon honours parents in a two-minute specially dedicated episode
- BBC show will show Duggee juggling video calls alongside everyday parenting
- Episode can be viewed on official Hey Duggee Facebook page on November 3
Children’s TV cartoon Hey Duggee is to celebrate mothers and fathers after a year juggling of homeschooling alongside work during the pandemic.
Multi-tasking parents are to be awarded with ‘Parenting in 2020’ badge in a special episode of a popular children’s show.
The two-minute specially dedicated episode of BBC show Hey Duggee is billed as a fast-paced, good-humoured look at navigating parenthood throughout 2020.
Children’s TV cartoon Hey Duggee (pictured) is to celebrate mothers and fathers after a year juggling of homeschooling alongside work during the pandemic
Narrated by comedian Alexander Armstrong, the short programme sees Duggee, the large, lovable dog, showing respect towards challenges parents deal with during lockdown.
These include working from home, video calls and homeschooling alongside everyday parenting responsibilities.
The episode, due to launch on Facebook on November 3, concludes by presenting mothers and fathers with the badge.
It is to reward them for their hard work, as well as serving as a reminder they are not alone in the challenges they face, the creators said.
Simon Clarke, from BBC Studios, said: ‘We’re delighted that we’ve been able to offer content that resonates with parents – from makes and bakes, helping their children earn their ‘hand washing badge’, fun facts and quizzes as well as some light reprieve such as our Friday riddles and recent ‘guess the movie’ poster strand.
Multi-tasking parents are to be awarded with ‘Parenting in 2020’ badge in a special episode of a popular children’s show (pictured)
‘Seeing all the comments, conversations and pictures of family activities shared by parents has been a real tonic for us at Hey Duggee HQ and we salute you parents of 2020.’
Facebook parenting groups have in excess of three million members across the UK, the social networking giant said.
It added that more than a million people joined one after the first lockdown began in March.
Kate Dyson, founder of The Motherload, one of the largest Facebook parenting communities in the UK, said: ‘The subjects covered in this special episode certainly resonate with what we’ve all been going through and we’re all extremely proud to wear our ‘Parenting in 2020′ badge.’
The two-minute specially dedicated episode of BBC show Hey Duggee (pictured) is billed as a fast-paced, good-humoured look at navigating parenthood throughout 2020
Steve Hatch, vice president of northern Europe at Facebook, said he hoped the one-off episode would bring ‘some light relief’ to parents.
He said: ‘This year has shone a bright light on the power of connecting with others online when it’s not been possible in person, and how simply knowing we’re not alone can help us through the most challenging of times.
‘We teamed up with the creators of Hey Duggee to give something back to parents and we hope this one-off episode brings some light relief to all the mums and dads courageously navigating parenting in 2020.’
The episode can be viewed on the official Hey Duggee Facebook page on Thursday at 1pm.