Responsibility The Tracy Beaker Survival Files - Tales from the Dumping Ground


Responsibility

Tracy Beaker shares advice for life. Being expected to think of others and set a good example can be tricky - but Tracy has plenty of helpful advice.


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My name is Tracy Beaker and these are my survival files.

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Your essential guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

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-Tracy?

-Tracy!

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Life in the Dumping Ground has taught me a lot about stuff.

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Tracy Beaker!

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Scary stuff.

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SCREAMS

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Complicated stuff.

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Stuff that can make you want to scream.

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If you can cope with the stuff that goes down in this place,

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you can cope with pretty much anything.

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I've spent most of my life here.

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First when I was a kid and now it's where I work.

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I've learnt a lot about friends,

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about enemies,

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about what life can throw at you.

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It's not always been pretty.

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But it's made me who I am today.

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And now I'm passing on my wisdom to you guys in a video blog.

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Pay attention! I've lived through all this so you don't have to do.

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On the Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time - responsibility.

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How to cope when people expect you to behave like a grown-up,

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to stop being childish, to set a good example.

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It's a nightmare! But I'm here to help.

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So here's the thing about growing up.

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There are good bits and bad bits.

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You get more freedom and that's great!

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OK. OK, we're on it, we're on it, we're on it.

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And there's really cool stuff, like learning to drive.

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I was a natural, as you'd imagine.

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Stop! Stop!

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But there is a downside, too.

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The older you get, the more people expect of you.

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And they can get pretty angry when you let them down.

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Ohhh! Tracy!

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-Tracy!

-Tracy!

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Gutting but true.

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The older you get, the less you can get away with. "Grow up," they say.

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"Don't be so selfish. Think of others. You're not a baby any more."

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Not exactly a barrel of laughs, this responsibility business.

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# Welcome to the house of fun Now I've come of age... #

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And responsibility can get you in loads of ways.

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There's looking out for others or setting a good example,

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or being the one everyone else relies on.

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It can come as a shock when it first happens to you.

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And different people react differently.

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-Get ready to run, Dolly.

-Yeah, yeah!

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There's the Nathan way.

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In Nathan's world,

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responsibility is something that happens to other people,

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leaving him free to carry on being the world's biggest kid around.

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Nathan is a very caring team member

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but he needs to become more responsible.

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Nathan is a very caring team member

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but he sometimes lacks authority.

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Chocolate-loving Jenny was Nathan's boss.

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She wanted to give Nathan the benefit of the doubt

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but sometimes that wasn't so easy.

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Hurrrgh!

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Right! You lot, this is not funny.

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THEY LAUGH

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I want to know who booby-trapped the treat cupboard.

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Actually, Jenny, it was... it was me.

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JENNY SIGHS

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-What?!

-Well, I knew someone was nicking the chocolate bars

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so I thought I'd catch them in the act.

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Oh! Oh, you did, did you?

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Well, that, that's the most stupid, immature

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and potentially most dangerous thing that...

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Everything all right?

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Nathan was 21 going on eight.

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There's a big mutant troll thing behind the third door. Trust me.

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Lovable, but totally irresponsible.

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Yo! Level four.

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How amazing is that, dudes?

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But it can work the other way around. Take Lily.

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And the troll leapt out from behind the tree,

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his warty nose wobbling in the moonlight.

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# We are family... #

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She's only a young girl herself.

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# I've got all my sisters with me... #

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But she's had to cope with a lot,

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more responsibility than some adults ever will.

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After their mum died, Lily took care of her little sisters,

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even though she was only a few years older.

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She's amazing, really.

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Lily, do you ever feel you've had to deal with too much

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responsibility in your life?

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Not really. I just get on with it.

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But you were like a mum to Poppy and Rosie.

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That's a lot to ask from a girl of your age.

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Yeah, well, they're my sisters.

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I have to do it. Who else is going to do it?

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-Well...

-Look, Tracy, don't say it.

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You know my dad's got a lot of stuff to deal with.

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-I think these actually suit me. What do you reckon?

-Yeah, they're cool.

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'Lily's dad wasn't really the responsible type.'

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Can I get a juice, a water and two muffins, please?

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'He disappeared from his daughters' life because he got so sad

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'when their mum died that he just got drunk all the time.

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'He just couldn't cope and then suddenly he turned up again.'

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Hey!

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Stop it! Get off her!

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Daddy! No!

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It's OK. He's gone now.

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No! He's my dad.

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But he hadn't come back to take care of Lily.

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He was still sorting out his own problems.

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And telling her he was sorry was part of the process.

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I was up best part of the night trying not to drink that.

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It was my fault, wasn't it?

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No. Nobody makes me drink but me.

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And you didn't.

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'So guess what? Before you knew it, Lily was looking after him, too.'

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It's for you.

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-I don't need new clothes.

-Yeah, you do.

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Hah? Feel a bit more human.

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-Yeah, you look it, too.

-All right, cheeky!

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LILY LAUGHS

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You always did know how to cheer me up, didn't you?

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I should be making sure you're all right.

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I mean, that's my job as your dad.

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Right mess I've made of it, haven't I?

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Lily missed out on a lot taking responsibility for her family.

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So surely a sorted and capable adult like me should be able to cope with

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a job as a care worker,

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especially since I've been in care.

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I know exactly how this job should be done.

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# Fantastic day today... #

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Well, I thought I did!

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When I found myself on the other side,

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I soon learnt that being in charge is not as easy as it looks.

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What time do you call this? Tracy, you're over an hour late.

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-I know. I'm really sorry.

-What an honour(!) Now, take that.

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Sort out Carmen's old room.

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Suddenly I was expected to be the responsible one

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and cope with the demands of a busy house, full of kids.

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No, you promised me you'd do my tour and I can't do anything

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till I've crossed it off my list.

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I can't cross it off my list till you've done it.

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I began to understand how Nathan had felt.

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Hiya!

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Oh, I was going to do that with you.

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Yeah, yesterday.

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-Tee, I'm so sorry.

-No talking on the tour!

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You'll hold us up and we're late already.

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All of the Dumping Ground kids have been let down in the past

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so they really need someone they can depend on,

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who gets how they feel, and isn't going to let them down again.

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I thought I was perfect for the job but it wasn't as easy as all that.

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-You don't keep your promises.

-I do.

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-Don't!

-We're not talking to her.

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-What did I do?

-If you don't know, we're not telling you.

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Stop talking!

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-Oh, I said I'd help you move rooms.

-Talking!

-Hang on.

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-Look, girls, I'm really sorry but...

-You're doing it again. Stop talking!

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Tracy Beaker promises not to talk on Gus's tour. There.

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Gus! Now what did I do?

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Not exactly the perfect start with Gus.

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And, even when I got the kids on my side, that was only half the story.

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In order to become a responsible grown-up, you have to persuade

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the other responsible grown-ups

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that you've joined the responsible grown-up club.

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I remember once when Mike was ill and Gina was going out.

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Mike, go and lie down.

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Ooh, someone's given Gina a makeover!

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Stop staring, I'm fine.

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Well, you don't look fine, you know, Mike.

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Do want me to change into my work clothes and you go home?

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-It's OK, you don't have to stay. I'm here.

-Oh.

-What, you don't trust me?

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Uh, it's just that, you know, you're inexperienced.

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Gina, the care workers' awards ceremony happens only once a year.

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Go! I'll call you if I need you.

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OK. But I will be checking in.

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Have a good time.

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Gina didn't trust me to be responsible for

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the whole Dumping Ground on my own.

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She thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew.

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Why don't you trust me with the kids. What were you afraid of?

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Afraid? I wasn't afraid.

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I was petrified!

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I must admit that the phrase

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"Tracy Beaker in sole charge of Elmtree House"

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is not one that I ever expected to hear.

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In fact, I'd put it up there with

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"England football team wins the World Cup", or

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"Oh, it's been so hot and sunny this summer,

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"we could really do with some rain!"

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Of course I was worried.

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But, I mean, you know, it was only a few hours. Nothing bad could happen.

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Surely.

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I don't know why they didn't trust me.

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I mean, it's not as if I don't know what I'm doing.

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You just need to be able to keep calm under pressure.

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Gus, it's all right, I'm here now. You can get in the bath.

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Good, cos it's getting cold.

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And juggling the needs of ten lively kids is all in a day's work

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for the responsible care worker.

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-GUS: Are you still there?

-Yep!

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BOTH: # Upside down, right way up... #

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He appeared from nowhere.

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He started walking towards her.

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She didn't know what to do.

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So she...

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DOOR OPENS LOUDLY

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Mike needs a doctor!

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Toby!

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-Mike doesn't need a doctor, he just needs some rest.

-He looks hot.

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Then make him a cold drink and leave it by his bed.

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I can't go in the kitchen, I might be carrying his germs.

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SHE HUFFS

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HE MIMICS HER

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Carmen, could you get Mike a cold drink? I've got to sort out Gus.

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-It's my bedtime.

-And mine.

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-Then I officially extend them by half an hour.

-Yes!

-Yes!

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I think I was doing all right, all things considered.

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And the kids weren't complaining. Listen to these happy customers.

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Remember the first time I was left in charge of the Dumping Ground

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by myself - how did you feel about that?

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Well, you were still quite new

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so I wanted to help you out as much as I could.

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Carmen, could you give me a hand?

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We're going to need another bedtime extension

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to help you tidy all this up.

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-And me.

-Yeah, sure. Whatever!

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Yeah, I think it would be good if you were

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in charge by yourself more often.

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No, you're not too bossy.

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You'll always listen to a reasonable argument.

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-We need to talk.

-OK...

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Carmen and I have the same bedtime...

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-..which means my bedtime should be later than hers.

-Mine, too.

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Mine should be the latest because I'm the oldest.

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-GUS: Tracy, finish my story!

-OK, you can all stay up half an hour later.

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-How's that?

-ALL: Yesss!

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You see? You treat the kids like responsible human beings

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and then everything else takes care of itself.

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OK, there were a few minor problems,

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like Toby's imagination running riot about my Mike's illness.

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Mike's got Ebola! Call an ambulance!

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-Toby, he hasn't got Ebola.

-We should be in quarantine.

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GUS: There's no lock on the toilet!

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-'And Sapphire nicking the lock from the toilet door.'

-Look!

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Sapphire.

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-Who is it?

-Open the door.

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I'm sorry, Sapphire can't come out and play today. Try again tomorrow.

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I am not kidding. Open this door now.

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-Put the lock back on the loo door.

-You said I could have it!

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No, I didn't!

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Hey! Why did he do that?

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He needed a wee and he couldn't go

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cos someone took the lock off the toilet door.

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Gus? Gus! Gus! Open the door!

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I'm not kidding. Open the door now!

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Quiet, you'll wake Mike.

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Gus, open the door!

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Ooh, I'd better go check on him.

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-What's going on?

-Gus has locked himself in. Open the door!

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-Are you coming out?

-No.

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Right, I warned you.

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Sapphire!

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Sapphire, stop it!

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Why? He's messing up my room.

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I think Gus has wee'd in Sapphire's room.

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Ohhh!

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'Oh, great(!) This was just getting better and better.'

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Gus! Open the door!

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She hasn't woken Mike up yet. We should call an ambulance.

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At this point the last thing I needed

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was Gina sticking her nose in.

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So guess what happened next?

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-Hello.

-Harry, what are you doing up?

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I had a feeling that something wasn't right, you know.

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When you've been doing this job as long as I have,

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you get kind of a sixth sense.

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Also, Mike had been crazy enough to leave you in charge so I thought,

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"Let me just give a quick call," you know, just to put my mind at rest.

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-SHE SIGHS

-I'm on my way.

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So now Gina was on the warpath. Just a perfect day(!)

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You worry too much. I had everything under control, in my own way.

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That's exactly what I was worried about.

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I flew back to Elmtree House like I had wings.

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-Or a broomstick.

-What?

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Nothing.

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Gina was prepared to be shocked

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but nothing could have prepared her for what she found.

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With super-responsible me in charge,

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the Dumping Ground was a picture of peace and tranquillity.

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Somehow.

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Come in.

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Oh, you all right, Gina? Did you have a good night?

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Oh, hi, Gina. Why are you back so soon? Rubbish party?

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-Are you OK, Harry?

-I've had a nightmare.

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Weird one, with pizza and pee. You wouldn't believe it.

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I said I'd read them a story.

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Oh.

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SHE MOUTHS

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I had proved myself. Mike and Gina were right to trust me.

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I was a responsible, capable care worker.

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-I'm sorry I doubted you, Tracy.

-It's OK.

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And thanks for admitting you were wrong.

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SIRENS BLARE

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Where's the Ebola victim?

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Upstairs. Quick!

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'All fine, then. Give or take an emergency medical team.

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'But we've all been there.'

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So what have we found out so far

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about responsibility to put in my survival files?

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Well, there comes a day for everyone when they have to stop being a kid

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and face up to their responsibilities.

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But you never know when it's going to happen.

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It can be very different for different people.

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Some kids, like Lily, seem more responsible than most adults.

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And some adults are more childish than most kids, like Nathan.

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I suppose I'm somewhere in the middle. And that can be tough.

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I try to be a responsible role model for the kids.

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But I also have to convince Mike and Gina that

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I'm a super-responsible colleague and they should trust me a bit more.

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You never know when you're going to get called upon to be responsible

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so it's a good idea to practice, just in case.

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One good way to learn responsibility is by looking after a pet.

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You know, maybe we should do more of that here at the Dumping Ground.

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Gina, don't you think it would be a good idea to get some more pets?

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Pets?!

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We have enough wildlife in this place.

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It's like a zoo already, especially at feeding time.

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So what's the best type of pet? A few ground rules.

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It shouldn't be too sticky.

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I was just checking all my stick insects were gone.

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I set them free cos you said it was cruel to keep animals in a box.

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SCREAMS

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SHOUTING AND SCREAMING

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Or too sheepish.

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-It's Mrs Sheep.

-That's not her name.

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I don't care what her name is.

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-Tee, you can't have a sheep.

-Yes, I can.

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No-one'll foster us if we come with farmyard animals.

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-Except a farmer.

-Or a vet.

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Or a butcher.

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And house-training is a must.

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If you want to avoid this kind of messy moment.

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Take that in. Wait, hang on!

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HE SNIFFS

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-It's that dog again!

-Oh, that's so gross!

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SCREAMS

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OK, so they leave the occasional squelchy little gift around

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the place but, still, what could be cuter than a cuddly canine?

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Shouldn't we get a Dumping Ground dog?

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Yeah, like, wouldn't it be cool?

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Well, if we got a dog we could keep out the burglars.

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It varies breed to breed,

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but a dog needs an average of 52 minutes a day of exercise.

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I don't think we should get a dog.

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I think we should get another giraffe,

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only... a bigger one that can talk

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and fly.

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Looks like almost everyone would be well up for a dog about the place.

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I guess there's something about stray pups

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that the kids can relate to.

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-Aw!

-Go on, get out of it!

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-Don't! He's lovely.

-Go on!

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Why do they always gravitate around me? I hate dogs.

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Ahhh! Lovely Fang!

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The trouble is that some people prefer a stray dog to

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a stray human, like the Lookers.

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They were loaded and wanted to foster. Everyone got their hopes up.

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-And who's this? Are you looking to get fostered, too?

-ALL: No!

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And guess what they did?

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Yep, they left with the dog.

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Oh, we couldn't leave a cute little thing like you here now, could we?

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Let me get this straight, you came here to

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foster a child and you're leaving with a dog?

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She needs a good home.

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We all do.

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This isn't a holiday camp. It isn't fun living here.

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And you've got the opportunity to change someone's life.

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And you're going to give it to a dog?!

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Yep, something about a lost pup

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can really bring out people's soppy sides.

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Even people who should know better, mentioning no names.

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Cam.

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But, look, if the old lady ever find he's too much, I'll have him.

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-You'll have him?

-Too right, he's great. Really funny and no trouble.

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Really funny?

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Yeah, it's the way he looks at you. You know, that cheeky,

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lopsided grin of his.

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-He's not grinning, he's baring his teeth.

-No.

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-You wouldn't do that. You're never naughty, are you?

-Not like me, eh?

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Is that why you couldn't keep me?

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I wasn't funny enough,

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I was too naughty, too much trouble?

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-Oh, Tracy, it wasn't like that.

-Come on, Fang.

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That was Cam for you.

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She was considering taking a mangy old mutt into her house but she

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still wasn't sure about living with me, her perfect foster daughter.

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Well, taking on a child is a big responsibility.

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I had to think through things very carefully.

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You must understand that.

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Yeah, but did you have to spend that long thinking about it?

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I thought your brain had rusted up(!)

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-I just had to get you house-trained before I let you move in!

-Cam!

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# Just the two of us... #

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Cam's right.

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Taking a child into your life is a huge decision for both of you.

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You have to be sure that you're up to the challenge.

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You're mean, you're cruel and you're nasty.

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Brian, finish waxing, would you?

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-Tracy, wait.

-I've waited long enough.

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And if I never set my eyes on you ever again,

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that'll be ten years too soon.

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What's happened?

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Oh, we had a huge bust-up about me fostering her.

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-Let's go inside.

-I can't. I need some time to think.

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Well, decide about it now, then. You've had ages to think it through.

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I still need more time.

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How much more? Months, years? How do you think I feel?

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You're stringing me along all the time.

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I'm not sure I'm not foster mother material, Tracy.

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You know that better than anyone.

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I'm probably more like big sister material.

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More like ugly big sister material.

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So Cam ummed and ahhed for ages. Was she good enough for me?

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But eventually she realised she had to face up to her responsibility.

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She had to get me out of the Dumping Ground,

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move me into a house and shower me with gifts and treats.

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It took a while but we got there in the end.

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But some people never get the responsibility thing,

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like Carmen's mum.

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Get this. She went on holiday with her boyfriend and left Carmen at

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home by herself with just a load of cans of spaghetti hoops for company.

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# Just the two of us We can make it if we try... #

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Carmen didn't see her for ages then suddenly she was back,

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saying she'd changed.

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-Can I help you?

-Oh, hello. I've arranged to see my daughter.

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I'm Helen, Carmen's mum.

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Things are different now.

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I've got my priorities right and I'm here to show Carmen I've changed.

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I mean it this time.

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I know I've been a terrible mum and I've made some mistakes,

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some horrible mistakes, but I'm past all that now.

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And I want to try and make it right.

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I wasn't so sure. But she really seemed sorry for what she'd done.

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And everyone deserves a second chance, right?

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Well, I know she wasn't the perfect mum

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but I just thought that we could just forget about it and move on.

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How could you forgive her after everything she did?

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Cos... she's my mum. You know?

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-Don't you?

-Yeah.

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I never, ever should have left you alone for a week.

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I can't believe the terrible way I treated you.

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I'm your mother. How could I do that to you?

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Because you were in love, remember?

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I can never forgive myself.

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PHONE RINGS

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You should answer it, it might be someone important.

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Can't be important enough to interrupt my day with my daughter.

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It's Lee.

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Don't worry, darling.

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We broke up.

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-Oh. Sorry.

-Don't be.

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When you fall in love, you really fall.

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Wasn't that stupid of me?

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Typical, I thought. Carmen's the one who should be crying, not her.

0:23:420:23:46

And then came the bombshell.

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I have just had the best idea!

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Come with me to Spain!

0:23:510:23:54

I mean, you know I would have taken you with me if I could

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but Lee said it wouldn't work. Well, he's gone now, so you can come.

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Just me and my mum in Spain.

0:24:010:24:04

No Lee, just the two of us looking after each other.

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It all seemed too good to be true.

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PHONE RINGS

0:24:100:24:12

Is that Lee again?

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Yes.

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And do you know what?

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I'm going to tell him that you're moving in and

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I never want to see him again. Can take this somewhere?

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-Mm-hm, just through there.

-All right, thanks.

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I thought you had to go. You don't need to answer it, just hang up.

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It'll only take a second, sweetie.

0:24:290:24:31

He is going to be so jealous when I tell him what we've done.

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Mum, please!

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Lee? Yes, I'm not interested.

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Yep, seemed too good to be true...

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because it was.

0:24:450:24:46

Wonderful news, darling!

0:24:460:24:48

Lee and I are going to give it another go!

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Oh, no! Don't look like that.

0:24:510:24:53

He's agreed you can come and live with us.

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Well, not straightaway, of course.

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The flat really isn't big enough for three but, um,

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we're going to find somewhere bigger,

0:25:010:25:03

and when we're settled in, you can join us!

0:25:030:25:06

So that's really good news, isn't it?

0:25:080:25:11

Poor Carmen. Let down again by her selfish mum.

0:25:120:25:15

She should've been there for her daughter, but she was too obsessed

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with herself and her own stupid life to notice how she was ruining mine!

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I mean Carmen's.

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Well, I just lost it.

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Your behaviour stinks! And so do you for putting Carmen through this.

0:25:260:25:30

Have you ever given the slightest thought to anyone else but yourself?

0:25:300:25:33

I've not been having an easy time of it lately.

0:25:330:25:36

You again! Listen to yourself.

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It's all about you.

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What about your daughter?

0:25:400:25:42

You dumped her to live in Spain with your boyfriend and then

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when it didn't work out you wanted your daughter back again.

0:25:450:25:48

Unbelievably, she gave you another chance and then what did you do?

0:25:480:25:52

You dumped her again.

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I'm glad you did because let me tell you,

0:25:530:25:55

Carmen deserves better. Way better.

0:25:550:25:58

You're right, Tracy. You're so right and I'm...

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I don't want to hear it. And I bet Carmen doesn't either.

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So do us all a favour and shove off back to Spain. Adios!

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The way Carmen's mum behaved really made me mad.

0:26:150:26:18

It was just me, me, me with her.

0:26:180:26:20

"Oh, it's so hard for poor little me!"

0:26:200:26:22

She didn't consider anyone else.

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She was like a spoilt child who'd never learned

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to grow up and take responsibility.

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And no-one wants to know someone like that.

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So what can I tell you about responsibility

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to put into my survival files?

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Well, it's something we all have to deal with eventually

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and it takes some getting used to.

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Pets are a good way of learning responsibility

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but that can get messy,

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and it will be your responsibility to clear up afterwards!

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Some people, like me,

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have no problem dealing with loads of responsibility.

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Others find it much harder to face up to.

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In fact, I reckon lots of adults secretly wish

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they were still children when there was less for them to worry about.

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That can be all right if you're a big, lovable kid like Nathan,

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but when you've got a big responsibility,

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like Carmen's mum, you have to face up to it, otherwise your selfishness

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will mess up other people's lives and that's really rubbish.

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So that's the Beaker guide to responsibility safely uploaded

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to the Tracy Beaker Survival Files.

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# Do anything you want to do... #

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More gems of wisdom from my experiences next time,

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so do the responsible thing and make sure you don't miss it!

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Remember, I've been through all this so you don't have to.

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