Do you agree with the author of Matilda on how parents should treat their children?

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Author Roald Dahl believes that parents should treat their children with dignity and respect. He believes it is far better for parents to overvalue their children than to ignore and belittle them. The Wormwoods are terrible parents because they would like to get rid of their intelligent and sensitive daughter Matilda. Miss Honey is an excellent parental figure to Matilda because she appreciates the talented girl's many gifts.

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Dahl makes it clear as the novel opens that he believes that most parents have distorted and unrealistic ideas about their children. But between the two extremes of distortion that he perceives, which are overvaluing and undervaluing children, he believes it is much, much better for parents to think more highly of their children than they deserve than to ignore or belittle them.

Dahl believes parents should think highly of their children but should keep such feelings to themselves rather than bragging about how great their children are, which he finds a "disgusting" way to behave. Nevertheless, given a choice, it is better to brag than to belittle.

What makes Matilda's parents, the Wormwoods, so terrible, is the way they ignore and devalue their very talented and sensitive young daughter. In fact, they find her talents, such as her ability and desire to read books, a bother. She annoys them because she is intelligent, and they would rather get rid of her than pay attention to her.

Because her biological parents are so terrible to her, Matilda finds a new parent in her teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey models the way a proper parent treats a child. She perceives Matilda's intelligence, compassion, and sensitivity and honors those traits rather than seeing them as weaknesses. She treats Matilda with the respect that a parent should rightfully afford a child and so earns the role of the replacement parent to this talented and deserving girl.

I agree with Dahl that parents should treat children with respect. I agree, too, that if parents have to go to excess, it is far better to overvalue children than to ignore and criticize them.

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How does the author of Matilda think parents should treat their children? Do you agree with him?

Matilda is a novel written by Roald Dahl first published in 1988. It follows the story of a young girl, Matilda, who grows up in a very cold and sterile family environment. In order to help you answer your question, it is important to note that Dahl doesn't actually explicitly state in his work how parents should treat their children. However, the reader can still get a glimpse into Dahl's view of parenting given the negative way in which he describes Matilda's family.

The portrayal of Matilda's parents as emotionally cold and unloving indicates that Dahl thinks that this is the wrong way to be as a parent. Through the character of Matilda, the reader can see how every child needs love and craves parental affection. In Matilda's case, she does not receive this at all from her parents, and instead she finally experiences this through her teacher, Miss Honey. You could therefore argue that Dahl wants to show how a loving and warm relationship between parents and children is absolutely essential for a happy childhood. Obviously, as modern child psychologists have established, this statement is very true, therefore I strongly agree with it.

Another important message about how parents should treat their children could be seen in the fact that Matilda regularly outsmarts her parents when she plays tricks on them. Parents can often be tempted to assume that they are smarter than their children merely because of the fact that they are older. Through Matilda's pranks on her parents, however, Dahl shows the reader that this is not necessarily the case and that it is indeed possible for children to outsmart their parents. Therefore, you could use this as an argument to say that Dahl wants his readers to realize that parents should not arrogantly presume that they are smarter than their kids. Instead, like Miss Honey in the novel, parents should respect their children, realize their potential, and support their children in making the most of their talents. Again, there is no reason why I would not agree with this sentiment.

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