As one of seven kids on “The Waltons,” Richard Thomas knows a thing or two about a big family. Granted, the cast members on the television show weren’t actually related. But playing those characters for nearly 10 years would give them all plenty of reference for how crazy being part of a large family can be. Of course, Richard Thomas left the show before it concluded to pursue other opportunities. But his five-year run left him with plenty of memories.
Fast forward to today, and Richard Thomas has raised his own family of seven children. And while the number of kids is the same as in “The Walton” family, the dynamics are very different. When Richard Thomas and Georgiana Bischoff got married in 1994, their children from previous relationships blended together into one big family.
In an interview with Closer Weekly back in 2020, Thomas talked about his marriage and what it was like to be a parent in that situation.
“I’m married to the most honest, straightforward person, so you always know where you stand,” he said. “There’s a lot of trust between us and we have a lot of fun together. It wasn’t always easy, blending a family of six kids and then having our own son — that’s a big job. It causes tension and challenges, but we’ve been able to weather every storm and those complicated parts of life. We’re even surviving COVID together!”
‘The Waltons’ Star’s Parenting Philosophy
For years, Richard Thomas played John-Boy Walton on the classic TV show. His character had big dreams, and they didn’t include following in his parents’ footsteps. Overbearing parenting can lead to resentment down the line. And it looks like Thomas learned that lesson well.
In the interview from 2020, he talked about how he applied those principles to his parenting. And while his philosophy seems like common sense, it can be hard to put into practice.
“Don’t try to make them be like you. Leave them alone,” he said. “I don’t mean let them go out and play in traffic, but let them be free to grow into who they are. It’s not new wisdom — we all try to do it, and it’s easier said than done. But it’s important.”