dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On the imposition of weird punishments.

We're about to enter the part of the origin story that has Elly race around in a blind panic yelling at Michael for being too rough with Elizabeth. The reason that this constitutes the problem it does is that Elly assumes something very foolish when she behaves as if Michael has an adult's understanding of the possible risks to Lizzie's health and safety. This is nuts because at the time, he's four years of age and barely understands that other people feel pain when they get hurt. Given her inability to deal with conflict at all well, it's clear that her belief that his saying that he has a different point of view clearly means that he wants to destroy her is a lot of the reason why he's pissed off at Liz to this day.

This would be bad enough in and of itself if she were also not in love with weird punishments that backfire on her because she doesn't understand how children think and she can't anticipate the side effects of her stupid actions. Sending the boy to his room to starve is not going to teach him not to jostle Lizzie around in her jolly jumper. Making him clean up her puke is.
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