When Jeannette describes Grandma Smith she remembers a woman who “had strong opinions about the way things ought to be done – how to dress, how to talk, how to organize your time, how to cook and keep house, how to manage your finances…” (91), and says she loved her and all of her rules. However, Rose Mary, Grandma Smith’s daughter, felt that her mother “nagged and badgered” and that was the reason she herself never set rules for her own kids. To what extent are rules necessary for children’s healthy development and to what extent are they restricting and limiting? Are some rules “age appropriate”? Do parents sometimes get so caught up in their own rules that they forget their children will one day be adults? Are some rules freeing?
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Rex and Rosemary are selfish.... their rules promote this selfishness at the expense of their children's welfare. Grandma Smith was old school.... the care and welfare of the family came first. Jeannette's parents didn't agree. In my opinion, children need boundaries and rules... without them you have chaos..... the kind of chaos the Walls children lived in everyday, and the reason they broke free. The freedom Rex and Rose Mary promoted pushed the boundaries of civilized behavior.... it wasn't freedom, it was recklessness. This is, of course, my opinion. What's yours?