Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
I don’t care who started it
“Both of you, time-out. I don’t care who started it.”
Saying you don’t care who started it tells me you don’t care about my personal actions. I can do wrong and get away with it because you’ll punish both me and my victim, which is to my advantage because my victim gets punished first by me and then by you. My victim will soon learn he’s better off shutting up and being bullied in silence. You, misguided parent, perpetuate a cycle of violence.
My paragraph response above started out as a tongue-in-cheek reply in a web forum discussion, but now I’m starting to wonder if it’s true.