Rube III: Meet The Confused Sage
Of course, the problem John has that isn't the default belief that his job is to be Elly's enforcer would have to be his oh-so-typical assumption that his kids are making noise for the sake of making noise when they complain because media imagery says so. He thus thinks that his job is to get them to admit that they have nothing real to complain about and be the happy kids that give Elly no trouble he wants them to be. This makes him Val Stone's precursor. What it also makes him is a dangerous nincompoop because it doesn't ever occur to him that Elly is mistaken as to what the children are doing.