I’ve been a parent for decades.
I’ve been a grandparent for 7+ years, eight times over.
Wouldn’t you think that by now I’d have learned a thing or two about contradictory messages and rhetorical questions? Well, no. I haven’t.
For example, just this morning IN MY CAR I handed chocolate covered doughnuts to my my 2 and 3-year old grandsons as I said, “Now don’t make a mess.”
Chocolate. Kids. Car. Contradiction.
Then I actually found myself saying, as I detected the chocolate paradise via the rearview mirror, “Are you guys making a mess back there?”
Ah… a question to which no logical answer is expected.
Can someone offer me some training?