EE, thank you for the Worf facepalm. After watching those videos, I'm just stunned, really. Stunned.
I would've thought it would have made more sense for the kid to be playing with an airplane after the incident with the 'Warrior Wizard" or whatever. But hey, it did make for a cool intro. Even so, the Mom in this story seems (1) unusually stressed out and overworked, and (2) insidiously creepy. I mean, wow. Are they sending some kind of message about women, about how the GB feels about women? Or about how too many women actually are in the organization, especially those who try to be Sister Perfect? Because if this is how all women are supposed to be, then being a single JW is not such a bad idea...then again, the marital due may be equally crazy, especially with Esteban (translated "Steve", as no doubt the wife is "Selma", who took a punch or three until he became==>), the JW Latin Lover...
As for the dad, he didn't have to help Caleb clean up the mess he made--and if I was the Dad, I may or may not have helped, depending on the kid's ability to clean by that age. The kid has to see that it was his mistake and he has to own it by cleaning up the mess. But quite simply, why did the Dad feel it necessary to sit down and have a scriptural discussion with a very small child about something as simple as tracking dirt on the floor? It was an honest mistake, not an existential crisis requiring divine instruction. He's a kid, just tell him to take his shoes off, then clean up the mess he made. God doesn't need to enter the picture over every little thing. It seems like the Dad is almost rubbing it in the kid's face that he just had to clean up the mess. I've been on the receiving end of that kind of talk and it makes a child feel far worse than they really need to feel over an honest mistake.
But it's just unsettling. It's like, I don't get why this kid doesn't just return the toy; why throw it away? Well, whatever. Odds are this "friend" was a JW kid, for all we know, ha ha... But it just seems like this would be a really disturbing family to belong to. There's just something off-normal about it. I mean, if, and I'm just going to call her 'Selma', since I don't know her name in the video, if they said it, if 'Selma' is like this with her kid, how does she regard her husband? I'm just curious as to that dynamic. It seems like she's not really the kind of person anyone would want to be around. Hence, maybe she wants to take all that frustration out on Caleb and make sure he doesn't have any friends, either... Nah, that's speculation.
Also, the need to pick up his toys...he has to have this detailed vision of utter household destruction if he doesn't clean up? Goes to show how extreme the mentality is supposed to be for him, then. The fact that the lesson is obedience and not cleaning up is unsettling in itself. Because shouldn't the lesson be cleaning up, not merely obedience for the sake of obedience? Because obedience isn't always a good idea in itself--unless you're the Governing Body... A valuable opportunity to teach a lesson about cleanliness in the home is passed up for the chance to emphasize brainless obedience. Because we don't want to teach our kids to keep their homes clean because it's important; we just want to teach them to obey, so that when they grow up, they continue to be...obedient children....
But the unsettling thing is that this is only the beginning. I mean, what else are they going to be talking about? Will it be this same family in the next episode? Dating? TV? Video games? Plaid shirts?