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  • I am watching the episode from the Spirit Book of Korra, Civil Wars Part 1 , and just notice that when Tenzin, Bumi and Kya where taking about their childhood vacations; Aang only took Tenzin to them. 

    Why was Aang giving this special treatment to Tenzin? It was because he was an airbender also? 

    That does not seem like something Aang would do

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    • As the only airbender aang had he would have to responsible for learnig everything aang new about airbending and even what he did not know. It would eventually be up to Tenzin to train the next avatar and evey future airbender afterwards. That would require a lot of training and time.

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    • I understand. The idea is good when they are training airbending, but why he didn´t go in the free time with his other kids?

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    • It would have made sense to me for him to incorporate Air Nomad culture in his parenting to all three of them. Tenzin, being an airbender would obviously make him a little more central to reviving the Air Nation, but that is part of all of their heritege. It was somewhat surprising to see this in his parenting, seeing as while he was always kind of flakey, he was also thoughtful, and it would seem like it would occur to him that this might cause some resentment and all around, just be unfair and even detrimental to the cause.

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    • I don't think Aang intended to favor Tenzin; it's just something that happened without his thinking

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    • And that also led Tenzin to be the way he is.

      Remember when he was teaching Meelo to train Momos? Meelo said: "It's hard to be the alpha Momo."(sorry, i forgot the name of this animal) and Tenzin says: "I know."

      Being the only airbender among his kids Aang must have put a lot of pressure in young Tenzin. Their vacations were probably only training and studying all the time. That's the reason i believe Tenzin is so severe in his way of teaching.

      Not saying Aang was a bad father, but he eventually became something he didn't like.

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    • I personally believe Bumi and Kya were exagerating a bit. Aang may have been a bit neglectful without meaning to but I doubt he was as bad as they say.

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    • It's interesting, we never actually get an unbiased account of what happened.

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    • Yeah, I mean all three of them could be remembering incorrectly for all we know. Going somewhat off topic, was anyone but me surprised that Tenzin actually enjoyed riding elephant koi and everything? I mean, Katara said he was serious and stern even as a kid. It didn't sound like something he'd like.

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    • It makes sense that Aang would be a terrible parent and husband.   We learn these skills and coping mechanisms from our parents and/or environment.  it's also clear that he was not fully trained by age 12 and lacked the essentials to build solid, lasting relationships.  Trauma also stunts emotional growth which leads to a host of psychological issues.  He would need some serious therapy, and that would be something he couldn't do on his own, even as the Avatar.  He would be suffering with PTSD after all he witnessed, suffered and did. This would also hamper him in becoming an effective parent.  Just talk to many children of veterans who lived through the pangs of war.  So, as much as we like the character, he would make a terrible father and husband.

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