"Saumensch. You call me Mama when you talk to me" (Zusak 50).
Even in such a dark time for the family and Rosa, who seems very mean, still loves Liesel. At the beginning of the story Liesel doesn't like Rosa at all. She likes Hans but thinks Rosa is very mean and doesn't want to live with her. So even though Rosa disciplins Liesel a lot and can be very mean, she loves Liesel a ton. It is the perfect example of tough love in the family.
This article talks about the strategy of tough love. Kids that have very laid back parents who don't discipline them is often not the best strategy. The kids can't take criticism in their life and deal with difficulty. The article shows that showing tough love towards kids is the best parenting and most successful. Do you agree?
Theme 2: Words Are Extremely Powerful