I Stand Here Ironing is a short story told from the perspective of a mother of multiple children who has been contacted by school officials about her daughter, Emily. The unnamed mother reflects on her early married life and her parenting of her daughter, a process she looks back on with mixed feelings. The mother regrets some of her harsher treatment of her daughter but also, paradoxically, wishes that she had been sterner and set better boundaries.

Summary of I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

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