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Daddy Backtracks on Screen Time Threat, Claims He Misspoke

"I have full faith in the intelligence of your mother."

John Finley for Fatherly

What follows is a transcript of remarks made in the wake of a controversial statement about family screen time policy. That statement, which was made after a heated but inaudible discussion between mommy and daddy, proved shocking to smaller household inhabitants. As a way of cutting through the confusion, daddy circled back to offer a clarification.

 Thanks for coming, Tony. I’ll begin by stating that I have full faith and support for your mother’s great intelligence capability. Always have. And I have felt very strongly that, while I might not always agree with her assessments, let me be totally clear in saying that — and I’ve said this many times — I accept that her parenting has helped very bigly in your upbringing. She’s helped make you who you are. Could be other people also; there’s a lot of people out there.

 I just got back from a summit with your mother. It went very very good. We talked about our long-standing cooperation. Specifically, we discussed what happened yesterday, when she said you could watch Yu-Gi-Oh even though I had earlier said you couldn’t watch Yu-Gi-Oh because you had hit your brother and I took away your screen time privileges as punishment. When I came home, I saw that you were, in fact, watching Yu-Gi-Oh, two episodes. 

I asked you if Mommy had told you that you could. And you said she had. Then I asked your mother and she said she hadn’t. Your mother was very strong. I have your mother here, she’s very strong. Very strong. After the meeting, your mother and I spoke to you about screen-time, and about Mommy and Daddy and about whether or not you could watch Yu-Gi-Oh.

I thought that I made myself very clear by having just reviewed the transcript. Now, I have to say, I came back, and I said, “What is going on? What’s the big deal?” So I got a transcript. I reviewed it. I actually went out and reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave, and I realized that there is need for some clarification.

It should have been obvious — I thought it would be obvious — but I would like to clarify, just in case it wasn’t. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word “could” instead of “couldn’t.” The sentence should have been: “I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t — or why you couldn’t watch Yu-Gi-Oh.” So, just to repeat it, I said the word “could” instead of “couldn’t.” And the sentence should have been — and I thought it would be maybe a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video — the sentence should have been: “I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t watch Yu-Gi-Oh.” Sort of a double negative. I was saying you could not not watch Yu-Gi-Oh, but you also could

Hopefully that clears up the confusion.

 So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. You can can’t watch Yu-Gi-Oh, but if you don’t do hit your brother, you wouldn’t. Thank you for your time.