dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2

Never say die, never give a child a straight answer...

One of the most infuriating habits the Pattersons have gotten into is answering a child's questions with a facile pun instead of the hoped-for direct answer. If you were to ask the person why he or she did that, you'd probably get some nonsense about how they were being playful because they're too full of themselves to realize that their wordplay goes clean over their kid's head. Instead of getting the little joke, the little person feels like an idiot. Worse, she comes away with the impression that her parent thinks she's too stupid to deserve a real answer. What a way to build trust in your child, right? The delinquent imbecile parent congratulates him(or her)self on encouraging his (or her) child's mental development while the child in question thinks her parent regards her as a little dummy that has to have the truth hidden from her because she's not smart to understand the world. When you see that Lynn clearly regards Thérèse, who spoke to Françoise as if she had the sense to know what is going on around her, as a monstrosly bad mother, you begin to understand why I found people I really love to hate.
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