Too Much Pressure
Too Much Pressure


Written by

Bruce Robb




Between Brother's baseball, soccer and karate, Sister's gymnastics, art and swimming, Mama's quilting club and PTA and Papa's furniture orders and town council reforestation committee, the Bear Family can hardly squeeze in a visit to Gran and Gramps'. Devising a huge schedule board to try to keep track of who's coming and who's going where and when, they're surprised to discover it's completely filled. Ultimately things come to a head as Mama finds herself in a situation where she and the cubs are supposed to be in three places at once. At the same time, the car breaks down...and so, too, do Mama, Brother and Sister. Realizing that they just have too much pressure, the Bear Family decide to cut down on the number of their activities. That way, with the pressure off, they all now have the time to truly enjoy the things they do.

Differences From the Book

  • In the book, Brother and Sister took selected lessons. In the episode, the family had a cluttered schedule.
  • In the book, Papa was fixing the car, but Mama was in too big of a hurry to get the cubs to practice. In the episode, Mama keeps saying she'll get the car fixed, but she never did.
  • In the cartoon, Brother and Sister were crying with Mama when the car wouldn't start. In the book, they weren't, Sister went with Mama back inside the treehouse while Brother went to find Papa.
  • The book ended with the family visiting Gramps and Gran. In the episode, the family comes up with a better way to organize their schedules.
  • The family ending up switching bags is not shown in the book.