Buy Me Some Candy Or I'll Hold My Breath Till My Head ExplodesSubmitted by Chris Gopackgoski on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 05:06
Some friends of mine created a child.
They have been caring for and meeting the needs of this child since the moment it was born.
The child used to be very well behaved. But lately it has been acting out - making unreasonable demands, attempting to undermine the authority of its parents, taking liberties.
And it isn't just a terror to its parents. All of the neighbors have seen the child act out by damaging property and making threats but are in no position to do anything other than inform the parents of the sins of the child and hope for the best.
Perhaps worst of all is the fact that the child's excesses have become so grandiose that most behaviors that would otherwise be deemed inappropriate are accepted for the sake of keeping the peace.
The situation is getting worse every day, and it doesn't seem likely that the child is going to change its ways on its own. The last straw may fall at any time and it's a really tough call whether or not reconciliation can be found. If not handled correctly the cold war might go hot.
The child has already demonstrated that it is willing to do nearly anything it can to maintain its position of power over its parents. It has even inflicted wounds on itself as a tactic to gain more control.
Is there a solution?