Originally Posted by nondy2
I think it impossible to gain the perspective of a parent until you are one.
I strongly disagree. I've been in a number of caretaker roles through my lifetime and I don't find empathizing with a parent that difficult.
As long as someone is familiar with what it means to be responsible for someone else's well-being for an extended period of time, they can extrapolate to the parental role. That's part of why we have a sense of empathy.
I am as direct as a T-Rex with 'roid rage and about as subtle. It isn't intended to cause upset, I just prefer to talk plain. There are plenty of other people here who do the nice, polite thing much better than I can. I'm what you'd call a "problem dinner guest."