Essay on The Ideal Parent

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The Ideal Parent Many kids complain about their parents. I hear it all the time from all kinds of kids who come from all sorts of different backgrounds. It seems in the world today parents get all the negative attention, and it seems like all the good they do go unnoticed by the public. Two different kinds of mothers were presented in the stories "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, and "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen. Sometimes children complain about their mothers, each wishing they could have different type of mom. The lives and situations of each mother were different, but in my opinion, both mothers were a bad model for parenting. "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen shows us a mother who is struggling through her own…show more content…
Emily didn't go to school when she didn't feel like it, and her mom let her. She even stated: I let her be absent, though sometimes the illness was imaginary. How different from my now-strictness about attendance with the others. I wasn't working. We had a new baby. I was home anyhow. Sometimes, after Susan grew old enough, I would keep her home from school too, to have them all together. (244) This shows how selfish the mother was. She wanted everyone to be home with her at the expense of their education. She let her children do whatever they wanted to. At the end of the story, Emily decides not to take her midterms. This is an example of what happens when a child is allowed to do whatever they want. Emily grows up not realizing her full potential, and is constantly robbed of the opportunity to better herself. At the end of "I Stand Here Ironing," Emily's mom acknowledges the fact that she was a bad parent. "We were poor and could not afford for her the soil of easy growth. I was a young mother, I was a distracted mother…My wisdom came too late. She has much to her and probably little will come of it" (246). Even after all that has happened, Emily's mom still stays out of Emily's life. The diction shown by Olsen suggests that even though Emily's mom realizes her mistakes, she will do nothing to correct them and continue to have very little presence on Emily's life. "Let her be. So all that is in her
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