Responses to a Threatened Tantrum

As usual, she teemed with empathy –
the feelings of her little boy were strong.
She turned her No to Yes, the moment he

(the father) warned the kid that he was wrong
to argue – if continued, they would stop
the storybook, and send the boy along

to bed. The grandma wanted both to drop
their tactics and, by talking, to deflect
with narrative until the child could swap

(in seconds) to acceptance from demand.
The auntie disagreed – he must respect
and watch his tone, she stated like command.

Their four opinions didn’t intersect.
You want to guess if any had effect?

(Terza Rima)

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