If you have most of the symptoms of Inattentive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you probably have it.a If they had known this, your parents could have saved themselves a lot of the energy they used up yelling at you for daydreaming and, instead, could have yelled at your sister for real offenses, like borrowing your clothes without asking you and daring to be cuter than you are.
On the other hand, it isn’t nice to blame your sister for being born, just because you were here first and Mom likes her best.
Parents are omniscient and powerful, and they will be happy to remind their kids of this at all hours of the day and night. Sarcastic wisecracks on the part of said kids will be dealt with swiftly and very clearly.
“Because I said so” only works when the person saying that is a lot bigger than the one it is being said to and has the power to increase or withhold the smaller person’s allowance.
When your parents leave you to babysit your younger siblings, it is not permissible to beat up on your little brother when he won’t obey you.
Dysfunctional families are fertile breeding grounds for writers, performers and other misfits.
aIf you keep this up, you’ll get stuck that way, and you’ll end up just like the woman in the picture at left.