“Mom, here’s the problem…you guys spend way too much time worrying about my math grades when the real problem here is that math makes me feel antisocial. And really, you don’t want my conversations in life to be about vertices & finding the product of 36, do you? Nobody wants to talk about that kinda crap. That stuff makes kids like me feel sad inside. And when I feel sad inside, it makes me antisocial. And honestly, I don’t really think you want that kinda life for me.”
If you let him talk long enough, you actually find yourself agreeing with his convoluted theories. Parenting is exhausting.