The Effects of a Teenage Wasteland

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Anne Tyler’s “Teenage Wasteland” is a story about a modern day family of four and the relationship issues they experienced with each other. The story is presented in third person limited; however, the reader is shown much about how the mother of the family feels and the troubles she experiences in her relationships with her husband and children, primarily her son Donny. Daisy is portrayed as a mother who worries that she had failed Donny because of his continual disobedience toward the authority figures in his life. Donny is a teen who constantly misbehaves in school and in the story is described as “noisy, lazy, and disruptive; always fooling around with his friends, and would not respond in class.” (188). These behaviors lead Donny to…show more content…
Children have a lot to say and parents have to remember to stop and listen to their child and then maybe offer suggestions and ideals. Recognize how the child feels and acknowledge the flaws the child has. Nobody is perfect. Realizing the imperfections of the child helps a parent better understand the type of encouragement and guidance the child might need to become a more productive adolescent. Secondly, patience is another key component to an effective parent-child relationship. Some parents assume that if a child isn’t doing so well in school, the child will struggle with learning all his or her life. A parent must understand that one failure does not mean a child is made to be a failure. Having patience and allowing your child time to do better will help him or her grow up to be more of a well rounded adult. In “teenage wasteland” Daisy struggles with self worth. She ponders at night on where she went wrong in Donny’s life. She even admits that she wishes she could start over and give Donny more attention. “Given one more chance, she’d do it perfectly—hug him more, praise him more, or perhaps praise him less.” (190). Daisy’s patience fails when Donny becomes stubborn and narcissistic and she allows another person (his tutor) to parent and guide Donny. A parent knows their child best but must remember to be patient with the child while he or she is developing into an adult. Finally, discipline is another important parenting value. Discipline refers
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