Your Children. Your Choice?

By: Breanna Hassell

Journal #1 The Glass Castle

A). What impression of Jeannette's mother do you get in the first section (pp. 3-5)? Why do you think she chooses to begin the memoir with this encounter?

  • At the beginning of the book I thought that Jeannette’s mother was a really and had money, but after I continued reading I found that she let her three year old daughter cook by herself on the stove. I think that her mother is irresponsible towards her children and really care free. She doesn't seem to care about her children because her mind is always set on painting. I think that Jeannette’s mother might be trying to get her kids to rely on themselves instead of everyone around them.

B). How do Jeannette's parents explain the "skedaddle"? How do they justify all the moves? What are Jeannette and her siblings reactions to constantly moving?

  • I think that they explain the skedaddle, like when they are constantly moving from place to place, Jeannette’s father says that they get tired of staying in the same place for too long. Lori asks Jeannette one time while they are moving how she likes it and Jeannette at that time.

Are you a Helicopter parent?

What do you think of helicopter parenting?

1). Helicopter parenting allows parents to become more involved in their childrens lives, and increases the childs' productivity.
2). Helicopter parenting leads parents to become to everly involved in their childs' lives, which causes the children to become too dependant and lack responsibility.
3). In many cases, helicopter parenting increases the child's productivity, but it could also cause the child to become too dependant and lack responsibility.

Conversation with Famous Writers

I think that Jeannette is amazing the way that she survived through her childhood. The troubles and hardships that she went through; then, to still rise above everything as she got older and make a better life for herself than she ever had. Jeannette seems to have a very charismatic view of the book and the hardships that she went through during her life. When the person asked about how Jeanette felt about what people commented on the book about her parents. She said that she "was shocked how hard people came down on her mother and father". It was funny how she never passed judgement on her parents in the book, but that she left it up to the readers. I wonder why she found it startling and interesting when anyone would say something strong toward her parents?

Truth and Consequence Discussion

The situation in the story is as she is writing her memior she is challenged to tell the truth about what really happened in her childhood. Jeanette recalls of the things that she said in her book, like when she was 5 and her dad gave each child a star because their family had no money. I agree with what Jeannette said, "One of the most important goal of a memior writer is to tell the truth. But the truth is subjective". Even if the main goal when writing a memior it is the author's decision to use it how they want to. Depending on the topic and evidence behind it what the author creates it. Jeannette tells her mother, sister and brother analyzed the memior that she wrote and said that it was "substainially true".

Personal Reflection

During this month of reading The Glass Castle I learner many different things. I learned that it is okay for a parent to worry and be concerned about her kids, but there is a time when parents take it to far. It is important that parents allow their children so form of freedom so that they can make mistakes and learn from them. It is imparitive that parents don't let their children run wild, but to have rules and enforce them while at the sae time giving them freedom. This ensures that the children don't go insane and that they can conform with society.