The reason that I mention this is that it is nearly six years after the Telethon of Tedium. While Becky's failure to realize that she's supposedly wringing her hands menacingly as she plots April's ruin is in and of itself an annoyance, the more annoying part of the whole thing is having to remember that Shannon's mother was depicted as some sort of super-dedicated hero mom for heroically sacrificing her precious time and showing up for her daughter. The most annoying part was (of course) having to remember that April was in the wrong for expecting John and Elly to tear themselves away from whatever super-important thing they had to do to be there for her. Said super-important thing was sitting on their asses wondering why their children wanted to set the agenda and be the bosses of their parents or some such crap.
Given this arc and every blasted strip in which Michael selfishly guilt-trips Elly into staying home because he
That being said, you can't tell them that they're being petty assholes. After all, the idiot vanity of the Patterswine insulates them from the realization that most people think of them as lazy, selfish failures who blame their kids for their own ineptitude. After all, John is just as deaf to the question "And just how is it that a seven year old boy is supposed to fend for himself, Train Douchebag?"