dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The amazing five-year-old butler and other atrocities......

I'd like to talk to you today about something that's bothered a lot of us for quite some time: Elly's odd habit of assigning Mike age-inappropriate chores. Not only does he have to be the one that walks Farley, he also seems to be Lizzie's primary caregiver. This is, of course, so she can devote her time to busywork, soaps and roaming the neighborhood gossiping about whatever of her two friends she's not with. This is, to put it mildly, sick and wrong. A child of approximately six years of age is neither mentally or physically ready for the piping-hot plate of responsibility his lazy, idiotic, insane mother dumped in his lap because she can't cope with the mundane. He's bound to let his attention wander and he doesn't have the strength to remove his charges from the fixes he can't prevent them from getting into. This also has the result of destroying his willingness to do more kid-friendly chores. Since Elly yells at him because he can't do those amazingly simple thing well, he's not going to want to pick up his toys or laundry.

Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self

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