In her short story "The Purple Jar," Maria Edgeworth presents Rosamond's parents in a decidedly sympathetic light, and their parenting skills are given to us as something to be emulated and admired.
Although they clearly love their daughter and want to be able to buy her nice things, they are far from being over-indulgent. Rosamond's mother may agree to buy her daughter the eponymous jar, but not without pointing out that this means that Rosamond will have to wait another month for a pair of shoes.
It's also worthwhile noting that Rosamond's mother does not accede to her daughter's request that she should have both the purple jar and a new pair of shoes, a further indication that she is most certainly not an over-indulgent parent.
Having made what turns out to be a huge mistake and buying the purple jar, Rosamond is, as one can imagine, decidedly upset. But her mother remains steadfast in her insistence that the young girl will not have another pair of shoes this month.
Not everyone would agree, but practitioners of tough love will wholeheartedly endorse the style of parenting on display here. Rosamond's mother isn't denying her a new pair of shoes out of heartless or spite; she simply wants her daughter to learn that there are consequences to every action and believes that this lesson must be learned at an early age.
Rosamond's father may seem a little harsh to some in his refusal to take his daughter along with him due to the scruffy state of her shoes. But his actions display the same principle as those of his wife. He too wants Rosamond to understand that choices have consequences and that we must somehow try to live with them.