When did parents become stupid?
I'm speaking about television portrayals, especially commercials. Or perhaps the question ought to be when did children become smarmy know- it- alls?
In fairness, kids can act like know- it- alls in the real world. I am sure I did it though my mind has charitably forgotten the details.
Commonality does not mean we have to see it and that lets me circle back to my point.
I've noticed in commercials parents are often portrayed as knowing less about the world than their pre-pubescent loinfruit.
Currently an Easter candy commercial is gnawing away at my calmness. In it a boy of perhaps seven is shopping with his mother. Chocolate bunnies loom. She suggests getting a bevy of them and is summarily, and smugly, corrected by little loinfruit.
From him we learn the proper collective nouns for the lagomorphs in question. He even provides a collective noun specifically for domestic rabbits.
This is our cue to coo, "Ooooh isn't he smart."
No. he's annoying.
A few years ago a public service commercial had a father and daughter cleaning up after a meal.
Daddy was about to pour grease down the drain. Fortunately for all concerned, especially the pipes, loinfruit is there to chastise and correct him.
It was once that parents knew things like proper terms and not to pour grease down a drain and passed them on to kids.
Now parents, and I'll extrapolate it's adults in general, are hopeless.
Woe to the unchildrened.
However do we get through the day?
I am by no means advocating a return to the golden-hued days of father knowing best, but I'd like a return to the days of father and mother knowing something.