I have been on spring break but the new quarter is upon me which usually means I spend more time on Twitter. And now means you get a thread! Hooray!
He opens with -
"Dear weary parent,
Few things are as burdensome to a parent than a pattern of a small child’s growing reluctance to cooperate with you."
A hearty fuck you, good sir.
Look, I am DEEPLY sympathetic to parents. I literally could not do your job. I do not have the capacity which is why I will never try. A couple days with kids is the edge of my abilities. Raising a whole person is a big job.
So the parent is exhausted and discouraged and needs help.
Like most Christian writers he essentially breaks it off into sermon points. We have 6 of them.
Don't forget that we are ALL equally horrible people and your strong-willed child is just horrible like you! Isn't that good news that makes things easier?
I know. I know, I know. This is the whole thing. It's what we were all taught, I learned and recited it all my life. But it only gets more fucked up the farther away I get.
I just want to note that some of this could DEFINITELY be gendered. It's not as bad as it could be but there's a hint
But that's where it gets complicated right? Kids are trying TO COMMUNICATE. And they don't have a lot of tools to do it.
Oh, go straight to hell. Again we've got this goddamn coded language here.
Also 'tailor-made grace' is... I mean, sure.
A CHILD. I just feel like we need to stop, take a deep breath and remember he's talking about a CHILD.
There are times when I'm still breathless honestly.
Again, just the language. "Parental engineering." I hate this.
So here's the thing. I'm a social worker. This is true for multiple disciplines but "best practices" actually MEANS something gdi.
You worship a monster, sir. And you want to sacrifice your children to him.
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