If parenting can be judged (and it can’t always) by the character and values instilled in our children, Mr. Miner’s parenting constitutes an epic fail.
Even if their mother abandoned them in their childhood, allowing and assisting in a lawsuit against her will prove to be an equally deep emotional burden.
He had the chance to teach his children to be forgiving, but he taught them to be bitter. He had the chance to promote compassion, but he inspired pettiness.
He could have encouraged them to be magnanimous in the face of their disappointments, but instead he taught them that their narcissistic self-absorption required others to respond to their selfish desires.
Suing your mom because she didn’t spoil you strikes me as evidence that the person most involved in the upbringing of these young people simply didn’t get the job done.
Oh, and since my mom will read this, I was kidding. I love spinach. Thanks for making me eat it.