I hear ya. I will say I don't think its accurate that she dislikes her kids. Neither parent seems to have any awareness of their own limitations, unsurprising because that's part and parcel of myopic self aggrandizement. They want something therefore they are entitled to have it, end of story.
Charlotte didn't like sailing, was suicidal several months before sailing, had never made an ocean crossing, was violently seasick for days into the voyage. Her husband did all the sailing. She had primary responsibility for taking care of a toddler and a baby in cloth diapers, 24/7, no breaks, no escape, no where to get a minute of privacy. I think she was simply overwhelmed and barely hanging on.
But I keep coming back to the social media angle of this story. IMO only their friends and family should know what is so widely known about her state of mind. We know because she gloried in telling us.
Charlotte's own blog posts are what gave the story legs. Folks who might have read the story, shook their heads at fools and turned the page instead found themselves clicking on the link to her blog online papers provided, and there it all was. The irony is that her own words extinguished for most readers any sympathy or benefit of the doubt they might have accorded her.
And....she just doesn't get it. Still. There's a new article about her in a local San Diego pub, in which she pointedly says she and her husband simply ignore all their "bleating" online critics.
I keep hoping others see the delicious ironies in this story. About the Kaufmans themselves I could care less.
Well we will have to agree to disagree, I hope Rumpole doesn’t lock the thread
Anyhow I don’t care what her circumstances are, to deny a small child a little happiness and to take pleasure in that denial is perverse to me. So are there mitigating circumstances that made caring for two young children exceedingly hard, yes without a doubt, and I think those circumstances lead her to dislike her children.
As to your larger point of social media changing societies psychological makeup, I couldn’t agree more. We are in my opinion becoming a narcissistic society, (I hate to say that only because it is a term so misused ).
People posts about their most intimate moments and thoughts yet they are taken aback when people judge their boorish but loudly proclaimed behavior.
I do see the ironies in the Kaufman story. It is reminiscent of the Amy’s Baking Company fiasco http://eater.com/archives/2014/04/12/ki ... ompany.php
on ( Kitchen Nightmares) and the social media storm that followed it with Amy and her husband claiming that they were being attacked when they were on offense from the first second the whole thing began.
All peas in the same pod of social media self aggrandizers claiming victim status.