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Teachers get a first-hand view of how parenting affects a child's development, and Wollstonecraft, like many teachers, formed strong opinions about parenting. She warns parents not to demand "blind obedience" and encourages them to reason with their child. For England in 1792 this is positively scandalous parenting advice. Reasoning with a child sounds distinctly closer to modern parenting methods. Parents of Wollstonecraft's time were more likely to cite the Bible about sparing the rod and spoiling the child. Yet Wollstonecraft argues a child must learn to figure things out for himself or herself—problem-solving in today's school curriculum.
Wollstonecraft claims girls suffer more from bad parenting than boys because society permits girls less freedom. Using extravagant images, she describes girls as either slaves or tyrants because their parents either completely control them or parents spoil them and they refuse to listen to any good advice.
Wollstonecraft also addresses how parents might speak to their grown children. She encourages the children to be respectful of their parents, but not so respectful as to submit to acts that go against their better judgment. This does not seem to have happened to Wollstonecraft personally, as her father would likely not approve of the life choices she made. No doubt she saw the effects in friends, family members, or former students who married or made career choices to please their parents rather than themselves.