For me just showing a more complete picture is enough to explain it. It’s like the reconciliation episode with Sheldon and Georgie. Sheldon thought Georgie threw away his Halloween costume to be mean and Georgie thought he was protecting his baby brother from being bullied. Sheldon was both right and wrong about Georgie. The same can be true for George.
Kids tend to have a skewed view of their parents. Or to quote The Good Place, “Yeah, kids are idiots. If they knew half the stuff their folks were up to, they'd lose their minds.”