As howtheduck pointed out, the Pattersons have trouble convincing their children to upgrade their sleeping arrangements. So far, we’ve seen:
- Lizzie tearfully refuse the toddler bed that Elly bought and demand to be put in her crib.
- Meredith drive Deanna into distraction by being unable to give up her beloved crib to Robin.
- Robin prefer to sleep in the bunk beds next to Meredith instead of in his own bed in his own room.
There’s a unifying theme in all three events: the child is disappointing his or her mother by preferring his or her old sleeping arrangements to the desirable new order of things. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to the parent in question that the change in the surroundings terrifies and confuses the child; this can happen again and again and they still don’t admit the problem. What they should do is make the child a part of the process instead of simply trying to force the issue and cave in when things don’t go as they plan. That, sadly, would never occur to either Elly or Dee; they don’t want to surrender their authority to their children, you see.