Dick Strawbridge parenting young children 'like I was in the 60s' as he takes dig at modern-day habits

Dick Strawbridge parenting young children 'like I was in the 60s' as he takes dig at modern-day habits

WATCH HERE: Dick and Angel parenting young children 'like I was in the 60s' says Dick

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 01/03/2024

- 10:32

Updated: 20/03/2024

- 14:16

The Escape to the Chateu star shares children Arthur, 10, and Dorothy, eight with wife Angel Adoree

Escape to the Chateau star Dick Strawbridge has spoken out on the unique way he raises his children alongside wife Angel Adoree.

During their time on the Channel 4 restoration series, fans got to see firsthand how the husband and wife duo's children, Arthur and Dorothy, grew up while the parents got to work restoring their chateau to its former glory.

The family is now in the USA as Strawbridge and Adoree embark on a Stateside tour, delivering stories, tips and tricks to their American fans.

And during a recent TV interview Stateside with Seattle-based outlet KING 5 News, Strawbridge touched upon why fans had grown to love watching his family on-screen.

Born in Burma in 1959, Strawbridge was later raised and educated in Antrim, Northern Ireland during the 1960s and he replicates a lot of his own experiences with his young children today.

He revealed all after being asked what the reaction they receive from their fanbase is like, with Adoree first weighing in: "Do you know, when we did it, we had no idea it would get this type of reaction.

Dick Strawbridge

Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree have spoken out on how they bring up their children


"And I think the thing is, it's been a really gentle show - people have watched our children grow up.

"That is kind of feedback from people who watch it... it allows people to dream from behind the television."

Strawbridge then cut in: "To be fair, you know, it's a big job. But it's (also) a family together, three generations.

"Angela's parents are there, the children have grown up and we've made it into a home."

Delving further into how the pair approach parenting their two children, Strawbridge went on: "We do things... you know, I grew up in the 60s and the children do things that I used to do in the 60s.

"They're allowed to be free and run around the place and enjoy the woods and enjoy just being there.

"I think that's a huge part of what we do, just live," he added in a thinly-veiled dig at today's abundance of handheld screens and technological appliance.

The host agreed and said she'd "taken the iPads away" from her own children while Adoree and Strawbridge nodded.

Dick and Angel

Dick and Angel appeared on KING 5 News while in the States


"Play with sticks!" Strawbridge excitably interjected. "The kids build these little fires and toast marshmallows and if you do that, you've made it."

Adoree then brought the parenting chat to a close as she revealed one of the family's favourite games is to "get two little sticks, put it in a stream, and see what stick wins".

Despite still being children, Adoree and Strawbridge have already addressed the possibility that one day their kids may want to sell the chateau.

Strawbridge also has two grown-up children from his previous marriage, James and Charlotte.

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