I remember getting a participation trophy way back in the day for being in a t-ball league. I was honestly kind of embarrassed because it felt like the fact that our team had lost every game was just being rubbed into our faces. Oh well, I recovered...
rtstone should bail out of that relationship right now.
It will only get worse.
I think the point of the comic is that it is the attitudes that have been promoted in public schools in the name of "self esteem" that have produced a culture of arrogance and psychological need for continual behavior reinforcement.
As much as I agree with you on the folly of raising children without realistic expectations and boundaries, from a single mother's perspective, I must say that if you continue to criticize the parenting style of someone who is raising children that don't belong to you, you're likely signing the death warrant on your relationship. You might want to consider stepping with caution in such boggy ground. I wish you luck.