'Roseanne' drops politics for parenting

The second week of the Roseanne reboot left the political divisiveness that plagued the first one and focused on the difference in parenting styles between Roseanne’s generation and today’s young parents. The story centered on Darlene’s daughter, Harris, being disrespectful and the way Darlene handled it. It became apparent pretty quickly that Rosie and Dan think today’s parents are too soft on their kids.

“Instead of spanking them, you tell them to go over there and think about what they did wrong. You know what they’re thinking? ‘I can’t believe this loser isn’t spanking me,’” Roseanne said. Dan jumped in with, “Let me tell you something. I wrote a poem for my dad and he hit me with a broom. And then he said, ‘This broom will do more for you than any poem.’”

But Darlene had a pretty good reason for parents doing things differently now: “Turns out a lot of what you did did not work, and some of it was against the law.”

Speaking of against the law, not all of Roseanne’s parenting advice is good. When Darlene asked Roseanne to cut Harris some slack, Roseanne responded, “Kids don’t need slack, they need boundaries. The happiest kids are raised in cages.”

Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Watch clips and full episodes of Roseanne for free on Yahoo View.

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