Being compared to a person your parent despises is never a positive experience. When that person is your other parent, it sets up multiple loyalty issues. Ted is both angry at his mom for failing to see his positive attributes and at his father for having so many shortcomings. Tempting as it is to compare your children with the absent parent, the commentary speaks to the harm it does to the child's self-esteem and both parent-child relationships.
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