The Chaperone
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The clash between Leslie Vandenberg and her father stems from his overbearing, authoritarian treatment of her. Cynthia tells Micky and Davy that "General Vandenberg runs [his home] like an army camp!" We find out how true this is when Micky calls to invite Leslie and Cynthia to their chaperoned party; Gen. Vandenberg plays war games with toy soldiers, wears field camouflage, and talks on a field telephone. There is nothing unreasonable in a father wanting his child to attend only those parties that have chaperones, but teenage girls are not GIs from WWII. Any parent who treats them as such is liable to wind up with problems at home—usually worse than the ones encountered in this episode. Paul warns parents that being overly strict can cause serious problems in the relationship: "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged" (Colossians 3:21). And again he writes, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

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