dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2

On waiting for Mike's brains to catch up with his body.

One thing you'll notice about the Pattersons is that they're really unable to cope with Mike when he becomes the antagonistic teenaged jerk he's going to be two years from now. This is sort of odd given that the Michael of right God-damned now also thinks that he's in a penitentiary run by uncool dorks who don't like him and want to boss him around when he knows that he can decide for himself what to do with his time. This false belief in his competence and their trying to keep the stupid twit from getting himself murdered infuriates him and makes him ask why they don't trust him and force him to do busywork and all the other annoying things he makes too big a deal of.

What seems to be the problem is not that Mike is an angry moron who wants to be treated like a grown-up despite still being rock stupid, immature, oblivious, narcissistic and piss-poor at knowing what's good for him because that's always been and is always going to be his problem. What seems to be the problem is that as Mike gets older, it's getting harder for John to successfully overreact brainlessly to mild slights and just feed into Mike's imbecile rage. A Mike who could run off and make a go of life is a worse son than one who can't because they can't have someone to blow up at for nothing.
Tags: child rearing disasters
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