dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2

The war on childhood marches on.....

As I've mentioned before, the general response of the Pattersons and their kind to the needs of children for stimulation and play that conflicts with adult needs for quiet is to have said adult pose as a martyr being oppressed by a little monster. The underlying belief is that said child somehow knows things he or she cannot and is refusing to play along out of malice. This is probably due to Lynn's attempt to give the Pattersons a flaw to humanize them; she may get angry at children who turn down toys she thinks are fun but she also has the need to make her characters worse than she is so she can feel better about herself. This probably extends to making them piss-poor parents who waste their lives wishing their kids would grow up as fast as possible only to either rewrite history so that the children that exasperated them were a breeze to raise or occasionally moan about how they lost too much time feeling sorry for themselves. However they feel about what happened, the end result is the same; children warped by parents who wanted them to be things they weren't.
Tags: child rearing disasters
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