vintage illustration boy standing in a corner and Donald Trump

Donald Trump, its time for a time out!

We are witnessing a full blown Trumpertantrum

Sore loser Donald Trump  deserves a time out.

A quick consult with “Your Child and You –A Guide for Solving Childhood Problems” confirms what most Americans are saying. Donald Trump is  acting like a spoiled child, and pre-schooler at that.

Nobody likes a spoiled child.

He is unhappy and unsure of himself. He needs help in changing his ways, in growing up.

Vintage book childcare

Vintage book 1950

The author of this 1950 book Sidonie Gruenberg, “one of the worlds foremost authorities on children and their care” offered insight and expert help in understanding this “problem child” we are all dealing with.

“Mothers and Fathers,” the  book explains “often express concern around the time their child reaches the advance age of 3, about how “bad” she or he is. “Ted is so selfish-he never wants to share,” “Donald attacks any child who crosses him- is he going to grow up to be a bully?”  “I overheard Carly telling an outright lie today!”

Clearly when it comes to Trump, we are dealing with a case of arrested development.

“Parents need not worry,” the book gently comforts anxious parents.  “It is typical of the of the young pre-schooler who has not yet learned the need for give and take and not yet able to make fine distinctions between right and wrong.”

Parents need not worry but citizens need to.

The juvenile behavior of that poster boy for Republican spoiled child, Donald Trump has led us into a needless argument  claiming Ted Cruz didn’t actually win the Caucus in Iowa, he stole it.  And we haven’t even gotten to the chapter on anger, quarreling, competition and the problem child.

Trumps infantile outbursts this past week over Ted Cruz’s win in Iowa  led me to learn why children have temper tantrums.

vintage photo of child being disciplined

“No matter how reasonable parents are in setting limits and enforcing them during the early years they are bound to meet with contention, refusal, tears, resentment and very likely a temper tantrum.”

“A child throws a tantrum when he is made to feel helpless. Sooner or later every child runs into serious frustrations. Mother keeps him from what he wants to do or she makes him do what he doesn’t want to do. Being more powerful, she wins out. Little Johnnie can do nothing but scream and kick, beat his head on the floor, smash his toys or perhaps pound mother with his fists. The child is in an unthinking rage, and Mother has to do the thinking for both.”

Sound familiar?

Mr. Trump, it’s time for a time out!

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  1. Pierre Lagacé

    Since I am Canadian I refrain from commenting more on Donald Trump except saying this is so sad for America. So pathetically sad.


  2. It’s hard to imagine what impression this is making outside the States. It is sad indeed


  3. Pierre Lagacé

    Very very very bad impression…

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  4. Dirk van tilborgh


    2016-02-04 14:05 GMT+01:00 Envisioning The American Dream :

    > sallyedelstein posted: ” We are witnessing a full blown Trumpertantrum > Sore loser Donald Trump deserves a time out. A quick consult with “Your > Child and You –A Guide for Solving Childhood Problems” confirms what most > Americans are saying. Donald Trump is acting like a” >


  5. Honestly, the entire circumstance is so surreal, I’ve started to wonder if it’s a publicity stunt. Donald gets the idea to see how far he can push the notion that a igotistcal, mysogonistic bigot with no personal filter and zero political experience can run for president all the while capturing the trajectory on video then finally reveal it was all a giant practical joke.

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  6. Well said Sally 👊🏾👊🏾


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