It's sort of how her fellow mighty oak tree Val Stone has spent entirely too long transfixed by the following example of non-logic:
- I, a forty year old woman, have gone through all of the personal problems my thirteen year old child is currently having.
- I, a forty year old woman, remember said problems and realize now how silly and meaningless they turned out to be.
- My thirteen year old child has not undergone these crises and still thinks that they're the end of the world because she's still thirteen.
- She is thus being needlessly melodramatic because she's not talking and thinking like a jaded middle-aged woman instead of the child she is.
You would have to be rather stupid and arrogant to think being told to 'walk it off' is helpful and ensures an atmosphere of trust. You would have to be stupid to begrudge the child a sympathetic ear that isn't so much Ultra Magnus going "I can't deal with you" all the fucking time. This is, I think, why Valerie likes having the kids at home under the supervision of people she trusts: they might allow the child to think that her opinion matters and that would be terrible. Why, Valerie would actually have to let her kid make her own mistakes instead of trying to save her from having a childhood and that would be awful.