Jeannette Walls Parenting Style

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From a scientific perspective, memory is not a reliable source. Although the big picture might be accurately recalled, the specifics of the event often lose its precision as time progresses. In addition, human memories often vary because of differences in interpretation, beliefs, and values. As a result, it would not be surprising if Jeannette Walls remembered events differently from her siblings. For example, since “Maureen always had plenty to eat” (Walls 173) and “was more or less living with neighbors” (Walls 249), she likely views life in Welch more positively compared to her siblings. Further, one person may think an event was more significant than another. Even though Jeannette’s story may not be completely accurate, it is truthful in her perspective. In other words, since Jeanette believes that her memory is accurate, then she is being truthful. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men…” (Emerson 1). The parenting styles of Rex and Rose Mary were significantly different from the norm. While many parents believed in “setting rules and punishments for breaking the rules” (Walls 91), the Walls believed that “the best way to let children fulfill their potential was by providing freedom” (Walls 73). In fact, Rose Mary had her children “suffer when [they were] young”, believing that it helped “immunized [their] body and [their] soul” (Walls 28). In addition, Rex and
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