I saw the word, “Please work on your issues” in Time magazine’s article (October 3rd) titled, “Playing favorites,” which introduces several academic studies proving the fact that most parents have definite favoritism toward their children. It gives the following episode:
“A mother of two wrote a candid post on a website under the headline, “I think I love my son just a little bit more.” The mom went on at length describing the greater warmth she feels for her baby boy compared with her toddler girl. She was, predictably, blowtorched, “Please work on your issue lady!” said one typical response. “I feel absolutely horrible for your daughter!” read another. The hard truth is most parents do.”
I don’t understand what “Please work on your issue" means. It must be an expression for condemning the mother who was candid enough to admit her favoritism to one of her two children, and it should be more than “It’s your own business.” How can I interpret and rephrase this phrase?