The Roller Coaster of Parenting
Refrencing "The Glass Castle"
Jolly Rides of Parenting
-Where's my child?
-Who is with my child?
-What is my child doing?
Be consistent in your child life. If your rules are fluxuating day to day, then a child would be confused and this might lead to them to breaking the rules. Consistency is your most powerful disciplinary tool.
Layout a rule book and explain it to your kids. Make sure they thoroughly understand and answer any questions they may or may not have. During this, make sure you answer these questions with the upmost respect and courtesy to make this time enjoyable for all.
Parenting Traits in Walls Family
How Does This Affect Kids?
Effects on Jeannette
"Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special' she said, 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty'." (Walls) 38. When Jeannette devises a plan to push the tree straight up which has grown sideways in the direction of the constant wind that passes over it, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. Rose Mary claims that the tree is beautiful not because it grows straight like the other trees, but rather because its struggle defines it and makes it unique. Rose Mary is typically unwilling to tamper with nature and she is particularly drawn to the unique form of the Joshua Tree. Through the figure of the tree a young Jeannette learns an important lesson about non-conformity. This carries on throughout the story during the fights with Dinita and her gang. Jeannette would just take these beating without an attempt to fight back.
''Oh Yeah?' I said. 'How about Hitler?What was his redeeming quality?'
'Hitler loved dogs,' Mom said without hesitation" (Walls 144).
Rose Mary tries to teach Jeannette a lesson in compassion. She explains that even the worst of people have good qualities. Jeannette is frustrated with the prejudice of her grandmother towards Blacks but Rose Mary encourages Jeannette to instead find her grandmother's positive traits and understand the upbringing that indoctrinated her with such hateful ideas. She wants Jeannette to understand, not judge. You see this again when she sees her own mother digging through the trash in New York looking for food. Even with all the pain and anger with her parents, she feels sorry for her and wants to help.