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We Need To Talk About Kevin And House Rules

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The role of a parent or guardian is to nurture and help their child/children grow to full development to become an asset to society. It is important for their child to feel compassion as well as discipline. It is the parent’s responsibility to instill right and wrong as well as other good characteristics in their child's mind in order to work well with others such as their family members and soon to be classmates. This ensures that siblings will take care of each other and learn to take care of themselves when growing up and adjusting to society. In both Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin and Jodi Picoult's House Rules, a boy is convicted of murder because of behavior development issues. The novels show the challenges of nurturing children with development and psychological issues in different family environments. Throughout both novels parenting styles are shown often hard to execute and show great impact on a child's development in their future. This causing the mothers to blame themselves when tragedy is brought to their home. Due to many factors such as bias media representations and society's prejudice aspect of the situation the parents are found almost unable to cope with their situations. Finding the right bond in a family is tough for both parents and children and is one of the key components to coping with a family issue without feeling repressed or hated.
A relationship between child and parent is often believed to be the building blocks of boundaries and limitations in the child's future. In both novels the parenting approaches differ in many ways, in House Rules the mother focuses on maintaining a healthy environment for her child, whereas in We Need To Talk About Kevin the other mother is in complete ties when dealing with her son. The approach taken by the first mother leads to a happier more structured life for the first son though she finds herself in hard situations they manage to pull through with the rules she has set for him to follow. The approach of the other parent leads her to feel diminished as she does not support her son, is hesitant with him, does not set any boundaries and allows him to do as he pleases. There are many different coping experts and they all seem to show three important coping mechanisms; affect, acceptance and belief. Affect is emotions and being able to express and explain what the person is going through, how it's happened and how the person will deal with it. Acceptance is dealing with the situation at hand, really coming to terms with the events leading up to these emotions and being able to admit to ones self the coming to terms of what has conspired. Belief is to understand and believe that one will get better and have the will power to over come the incident. In House Rules, Jacob's mother, Emma, is shown setting boundaries that if broken lead to consequences from the beginning. Though she's confident in her parenting strategies she blames herself when Jacob is arrested during the...

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