Shiverheart discusses the parenting styles of Stormtail and Moonflower.
Stormtail is one of the most common warriors punching bags by fans. I mean he barely paid any attention to Bluekit and Snowkit and for a father of the main character of a super edition he was interestingly uninvolved with the story.
The only problem is I think that Stormtail was actually the good parent and Moonflower the bad one. I mean if you read the quotes of Stormtail, true he come off as especially loving to his kits, but he didn’t come across as mean either. In all fairness he was basically the defacto deputy, meaning he was incredibly busy, and Moonflower couldn’t blame him for that. The warrior code says put your clan first, and that is exactly what Stormtail did.
Moonflower on the other hand passively insulted Stormtail behind his back constantly, making a tense and rather dysfunctional atmosphere.
Bluekit and Snowkit could of learned a lot from their father. He was loyal warrior and good fighter, had generally speaking very good character, and was all around a good cat, standing up for moral rights. Moonflower on the other hand was spoiled, thinking that Stormtail should put her and their kits in front of everything else, and when he didn’t she kept him away from his kits.
With this being said, Stormtail was not a good parent either, and did ignore his mate and his kits, but then you realize that Stormtail never really loved Moonflower and should never of had kits with her. He found her charming and like her, but never really got to know her before having kits. I mean if you work it out, she was a rather new warrior when she had those kits and obviously hadn’t settled into the clan completely, could not yet understand the concept of putting your clan above everything else and was as I said a bit spoiled, as many other fathers have had to leave their kits and mate to help their clan. Shellheart wasn’t exactly unbelievably involved with Oakkit and Crookedkit, but nobody says he was a bad father. So why does the warrior fan community agree Stormtail was?