dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On chocolate bars and telethons: why John and Elly hate doing things for the kids.

I think that it's fairly safe to say that John and Elly have a fairly opportunistic take on parenting. That's because I can't really recall their having done anything with or for the children that didn't have the ulterior motive of somehow benefiting them. We not only see this when they turn vacation time into an exercise in hammering home their belief that Mike, Lizzie and April are freeloading off of them and should stop complaining about things but also when it comes time for the two of them to volunteer their time for something the children need to do for school. We're just about to wade through one of the earliest examples of this tendency to not want to do something for the kids unless something's in it for them when Mike has to sell candy door-to-door as part of some fund raiser. The two of them end up wanting to simply write the school a check at the end because quite frankly, having to inconvenience themselves for the kids without any tangible reward seems like a bad thing to do owing to their coming to the inane conclusion that "our children need us" equates somehow to "our horrible children are trying to take advantage of us again."

Given that they do not see the point of doing things with or for the children without somehow getting to own horses, it should come as no surprise that they are not only baffled when they see parents doing things for their children without expecting anything back, they also tend to ascribe ulterior motives to either parent, child or both. After all, it's not that John and Elly are lazy, apathetic slobs who can't be bothered to do things for their children because they ain't getting something out of it, it's that everyone else is playing family politics.
Tags: elly versus her family, john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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