May 3rd, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

In today's strip, Lynn hammers home her belief that self-help books that assume that children want to behave are useless because, of course, she's dedicated to the belief that children exist to thwart and humiliate their parents.

(Strip Number 3679, Original Publication Date, 5 May 1981)


Panel 1: We start off with Annie and Elly, who has Lizzie in her lap, sitting at the table; as Elly sips her coffee, Annie puts Christopher on the floor and says that she's surprised that Elly is so old-fashioned.

Panel 2: She then asks if she's even tried T.A. or Parent Effectiveness Training; as she does so, Chris spills the cup of milk he's holding.

Panel 3: As she cleans up the mess her refusal to buy a sippy cup like a normal mortal caused, she tells Elly to watch as she tells Christopher that Mommy gets very angry when he spills milk on the floor.

Panel 4: His response is to spill the milk on his head; as he does so, Elly laughs behind Annie's back.

Summary: We are, of course, meant to believe that Elly's slavishly following what she thinks is the way her mother did things is the only way to parent; this is because Annie's children are generally depicted as being little hellions who take advantage of their gullible idiot mother. Where it all falls down is that they've grown into independent adults who (unlike Liz and Mike) don't need to have her remind them when to breathe; granted, Lynn sees that as a bad thing but, well, that's her screwy belief.