Over the years, we've seen strips that show a Patterson child surrounded by toys and claim to be bored which confuses the parent. It always seems to the adult that the child is deliberately being difficult. After all, look at all the stuff s/he's got; how could s/he be bored? Since all the parental figures do this, the trope betrays a lack of awareness on Lynn's part. It is, despite what she may believe, possible to have too much of a good thing. The loving but uncomprehending parent does not realize that said child is the victim of what Alvin Toffler called 'overchoice'. There are simply too many things in the vicinity for the child to cope with so they cannot focus and get bored. They then find one thing that isn't right on front of them to do. If, like Elly before her, Deanna wouldn't plop her kids in front of too much, they would play more quietly. Since Lynn can't see that, the children are the ones being presented as the dummies.