Hear me out:
I just really really love that they made the Sinclair family the only truly stable, “normal,” nuclear family out of the ones we see in Hawkins. So many times you see black families in film/tv with missing dads or poor relationships or bad discipline. But the Sinclairs are different. Dustin and his mom are clearly a happy family (coming from a single mom family for a good part of my life, I know those families can be just as stable), but he doesn’t have a dad figure/significant role model (until Steve lmao). The Hargroves are fucked. Will’s family (again, a loving one) leaves a lot to be desired in terms of stability. The Wheelers look stable on the outside but their marriage is abysmal and there’s clearly no communication going on.
But the one time we see all the Sinclairs together, they’re willingly eating a peaceful meal together as a family. Lucas feels comfortable asking his father for advice, and his advice is to, essentially, listen to women you care about.
The Sinclairs are a stable family who are doing a fucking great job with their kids and Lucas’ dad is a great father figure who teaches him to respect and listen to women. It’s solid representation for a minority group who traditionally get painted as having tumultuous family lives in film/tv. I’m here for it.