They had to grow up without her, not knowing whether she was dead or alive. The maternal space had been suddenly snatched away from them and unrightfully so. They could not bear their loss. Zaina’s homecoming was a huge event for the family. They did not know what to expect.
Her parents are so consumed with their problems they neglect Lynda and her brother. Instead of being able to focus on the children, the parents are focused on finding a solution for their financial problems or emotional problems. The children often have to give up their room for relatives that need a place to stay. They also feel they don't have a voice in their family. Lynda describes this in her essay by writing, "We were children with the sound turned off."
The reader can clearly infer that Melinda’s thoughts and feelings about her family are negative. Melinda struggles with her mother’s inability to face the truth that they are not a happy family. She is upset that her mother is striving to keep the title of “a happy family” instead of creating an environment where a happy family could strive. Melinda’s parents are a large part of her life, and therefore, they play a major role in her society. The way that she describes her feelings towards her father is that he is lazy and unwilling to work seriously.
On the other hand, you can see where they struggle in making decisions. After all, they are just children. The Glass Castle, the parents of the Walls family, Rex Walls and Rose Mary Walls, gave their children Jeannette, Lori, Brian, and Maureen pretty much complete freedom to make their own choices. Both parents disagreed with the majority of society’s rules,
Best of the Worst Parenting is never perfect. Every parents questions whether they are raising their child correctly, and no parent ever feels like they are doing the right thing. With no clear distinction between good and bad parenting, it is usually left to personal preferences and judgements to decide which parents have adequately raised their children and which have failed. When a parent so call “fails,” often it is the children with their strong will and determination to survive that collectively raise themselves. In Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Leonie, one of the narrators and the mother of another narrator, Jojo, is not the most caring, hands-on mother, but is loving of her children nevertheless.
An unexpected teenage pregnancy can negatively affect the mother for many reasons. A teenage mother must be prepared “to financially support and raise her child” as having to pay for a baby is expensive. A new baby is expensive and minimum wage jobs will not be enough to pay for a baby unless there are other financial means of support. In An Invisible Thread, Maurice’s mother had to go to dangerous jobs to financially support herself which negatively affected her health. Many mothers find it hard to graduate high school with a new baby, much less finish college which will later lead to financial issues(Campbell 10).
The birth of Joe Christmas was a very difficult one because of the fact that Milly had to give birth on her own because those that were with her did not care for her or for her child. Except for Mrs. Hines, who would be the only
She was repeatedly attacked against and viewed as less than a human. This quote from the text, “Seen the new kid yet?”(51), gives a correlation of dependent children seeking others for help, to how women were given no power by the society and needed to be dependent on others to fulfill their lives. In earlier days children were heavily disciplined and had no real connection with their parents, that correlates to Curley’s wife’s resemblance to being lonely with no stable connection. They cannot obtain the same, or any, freedom as a man. Consequently, this leads into the next quote, “ Why’n’t you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs?”(62), that resembles the recurring childlike personna that is following Curley’s wife’s character.
She’s primarily concerned with the lack of liberation in people (especially children). She’s afraid of her son being unable to liberate his need to express language. 2. Summarize McCorkle’s argument (i.e. her response or solution to this concern) in 3-5 sentences.
Through the mother we can guess that Emily, when she was old enough to notice her surroundings, hated the care she was given outside of her mother. From going to her father’s relatives to daycare she changed both physically and in her demeanor. Not getting a glimpse into Emily’s head forces the reader to infer what Emily feels towards her mother and her situation based off of the descriptions noticed by her mother. No one around Emily saw the uniqueness her mother did, this leads to the assumption that she became very depressed.
Henrietta and her family encountered multiple difficulties: from finding a place to live to seeking jobs to support themselves. But the worst problem that they always had to deal with on a consistent basis surrounded family relationships. One of the biggest obstacles Henrietta and her family had to face head on was dealing with their daughter Elsie who had a sort of developmental disability. Especially having to watch her grow up and not be able to get the help she desperately needed but was unavailable because the family could not support her individual needs fully, the only person that could ease her pain was Henrietta which is illustrated by this quote, “… but she just stared back, unflinching, her eyes haunted with fear and sadness that only softened when Henrietta rocked her back and forth” (Skloot 44).
The fact of Tiffany being first generation American proved to be difficult when trying to integrate into society. Her mother and father not being able to assimilate as quickly as her proved to be the most difficult part because they were starting their lives over completely and were learning on the spot. Growing up with parents who do not speak English well at young age in the United States seems to put a lot of responsibility on a child, which causes frustration for the child as it did in Tiffany’s case. It is interesting that she possibly saw people who looked similar to her and who were of black and white mix, but did not have a connection because her culture was completely different. In the last 15 years diversity has changed for the better
Seeking a Future Imagine growing up in a home with a father who can’t succeed to make a better life for you. A mother who isn’t motivated enough to go to a job each day. Putting each harsh and miserable day, and putting it into an endless adventure. This life belonged to Jeannette Walls and every single day of her life.
The Permissive Parents The parenting paradigm best exemplified to Rex and Rosemary Walls in The Glass Castle Jeanette Walls is the permissive parenting paradigm. The parents of Jeanette are more reactive than demanding to the children (Cherry, “The Four Styles of Parenting”). Jeanette at one point expressed, “I loved the desert, too… we’d catch scorpions and snakes and horny toads. We’d search for gold, and when we couldn’t find it, we’d collect other valuable rocks…” (21).