Let me start off by stating I’m in my mid 20’s, and for the past few months I’ve been living back at home with my parents for financial reasons with all this coronavirus stuff going on.
With that lens in place, I ask this question: At what point is it appropriate to fraternally correct a parent vs when it disrupts the command to “honor your father and mother”?
The specific situation is my youngest brother is in his early teens. Per the usual for teens, he has spazzy energy and gets really excited about odd things–in his case retro games, old computer operating systems, you name it. Essentially he’s a nerd, but that’s pretty typical for my family lol. Anyways, it’s quite common for him to start babbling on about some random facts he’s learned for the day, and I’ll admit, sometimes my brain accidentally tunes him out. But I do try to engage in what interests him when he wants to talk to me about it. Likewise, he of course loves sharing these things he’s learned with our parents as well. But I’ve noticed my dad, every time my brother starts explaining these facts he’s learned, will just reply, “Yeah, sure, whatever, I don’t care.” My dad always “laughs it off” after the fact, but it sure doesn’t seem like it’s really a joke. And remembering back to when I was a teenager, I know it would’ve REALLY hurt if I was explaining something I learned that excited me and I was just blown off. Anyways, tl;dr, I don’t know if there’s a charitable way I could bring up to my dad that it’s really not a cool way to handle being disinterested in what my brother has to say. Like I said, I don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but this has really been wrenching at my heart. Any advice would be appreciated!