Advice for Dealing with Donald Trump, Literally Taken from Parenting Books (II)

Part II (Part I here)

From How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk:

“Living with Trump can be humbling. Every morning I would tell myself, ‘Today is going to be different,’ and every morning was a variation of the one before: ‘You gave her more than me!’ … ‘He punched me.’ … ‘I never touched him.’ … ‘I won’t get off Twitter. You’re not the boss over me!’ He finally wore me down. Although it was the last thing I ever dreamed I’d be doing, I finally joined a political group.” (p. 1)

“Alternatives to punishment:

  1. Point out a way to be helpful.
  2. Express strong disapproval (without attacking character).
  3. State your expectations.
  4. Show Trump how to make amends.
  5. Offer a choice.
  6. Take action.
  7. Allow Trump to experience the consequences of his misbehavior.” (p. 95)

“On the one hand, Trump is clearly dependent on us. Because of his ignorance and inexperience, there’s so much we have to do for him, tell him, show him. On the other hand, the very fact of his dependency can lead to hostility.” (p. 142)

From Potty Training for Dummies:

“So keep your eyes peeled for signs that Trump is now peeing and pooping on a more regular schedule—less often, bigger amounts. Other things that signal all-clear-ahead are when he’s acting like a neat freak and complains of wet/dirty pants.” (p. 11)

“A totally cool (and pretty effective) way to get your President to focus on learning Presidency stuff is to have him teach a doll or stuffed animal how to use the Presidency.” (p. 80)

From Toddlers Are Assholes (It’s Not Your Fault):

“Why doesn’t Trump listen? Contrary to popular opinion, Trump does not possess listening ears. He is unable to hear commands like ‘Stop,’ ‘No,’ ‘Don’t eat your boogers,’ or ‘Stop lifting mommy’s skirt.’” (p. 9)

From Assholes (A Theory) [non-Trump edition]:

“…assholes abound in history and public life….We might think of the self-important developer-entertainer Donald Trump, the harsh pop music critic Simon Cowell, or the narcissist actor Mel Gibson.” (p. 2)

“A person can be boorish, insensitive, or rude without being an asshole; he might have good intentions and no sense of entitlement and yet be unable to read social cues. A boorish asshole, by contrast, is willfully insensitive to normal boundaries of courtesy or respect. He is usually out in the open about this, even proud of the fact.” (p. 37)

“The Presidential Asshole” (pp. 45-51)

“The Corporate Asshole” (pp. 51-55)

“The Reckless Asshole (pp. 56-57)

“The Self-Aggrandizing Asshole” (pp. 57-64)

“The clear common element is reinforcement of a cosmic entitlement to do pretty objectionable things without a lot of circumspection—assholery and more on a world-historical scale.” (pp. 64)

“Donald Trump plainly likes being on the air. He is convincingly portrayed as an asshole in the documentary Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?) (answer: Trump, as one man’s greed and ego brought down a whole sports league). Lately, however, Trump has become something closer to a media buffoon—except that he does not seem to be joking….In Trump’s defense, it may be said that he is merely an ‘ass-clown’ or, still more charitably, an elderly master of the attention-getting game now played daily by the Facebook youth.” (p. 67)

“How, aside from merely placing blame, should we respond to the annoying man who has just interrupted, or woven across three traffic lanes, or created a giant political mess?” (p. 119)

“…there is space between acquiescence and all-out resistance….for what it is worth, here are two suggestions….The first is: don’t try to change the asshole, and cooperate only on your own terms. The second is: take a stand at the right time.” (p. 130)

And one more from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care:

“American society is extraordinarily stressful…. There is less spiritual and moral direction than in the past, the traditional supports of the extended family and community are breaking up, and a growing number of people are concerned that the environment and international relations are deteriorating…. I believe that there are two changes needed to relieve these tensions and move toward a more stable society. The first is to raise our Presidents with different, more positive ideals. Presidents raised with strong values beyond their own needs—cooperation, kindness, honesty, tolerance of diversity—will grow up to help others, strengthen human relations, and bring about world security…. The second change is for us to reclaim our government from the influence of giant corporate interests that care little for human individuals, the environment, or world peace, and whose only aim is maximal profit. We must become much more politically active, so that our government will serve the needs of all citizens.” (p. 401)

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