OR the failure of the parent to discipline the child, will be the downfall of the child and parent alike.
This idiom came to mind when I drove the same stretch of road where I first encountered the Skunk family of four (re: Skunked! ) – Mother returned to the road. As she circled the two remaining kit, the kit she had so carefully carried off the road, returned! Finally, after much cajoling, the three playful kit followed her lead to safety, today the three playful kit lay in front of me, dead on the road.
How different the outcome might have been if they had been commandeered by the mother of Skunk family six, (re: Hug Him and Squeeze Him) All six skunk froze, then grouped in a tight knot of milling bodies as Mother assessed the situation. Quickly, she did an about face, and rushed back to the safety of the waiting grass. The kit scurried in lock step formation behind her.
Just saying………. food for thought.