“Kramer v. Kramer”
In the beginning of the movie, Billy was primarily raised by his mother while his father, Ted, was apathetic towards the raising of his child. Not even aware of Billy’s grade level, Ted was seen as a workaholic with an overall permissive parenting style. He was always subject to Billy’s desires, had little punishment, and also little bonding time with Billy. For example, Ted was working on a project for work and Billy, being a kid, wanted him to play with him. Instead of spending time with his son, he chose to send Billy to the corner of a room to play with himself. Soon because of the neglect of his father, the boy almost became withdrawn from their relationship. Once the mother leaves the house, Ted’s parenting turns for the better. He soon begins to bond with Billy and create a concrete relationship. Though it was not a quick process, in the end, Ted’s parenting style had improved immensely. He began to become an authoritative parent both demanding from Billy, but also responding. He explains and reasons for the rules in which he sets for Billy and also encourages Billy to converse with him. Examples from the movies would be the times where Ted tucks Billy into bed and reads him stories, or where even Ted explains to him the difficult understanding of his wife and his relationship to Billy in simple terms. The love and bond in which they both grew in their relationship could not be broken. Billy during the time that his father was not around much was in Piaget’s sensorimotor and preoperational stage. During these two stages is where the child is both extremely egotistical and begin forming a theory of mind. Therefore, Billy noticed the dysfunctional aspects of his parents, especially the father, and was able to understand it in a mild sense. Whenever the mother leaves Billy was in the concrete operational stage. He was able to understand mathematical transformations and conversations. Becoming more able to...
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