I've read this book twice now and each time I come away not.. in awe of Louisa May Alcott father, but in shock. The idea that she had no personal boundaries at home at all disturbed me. (We'll just read your diary and make notes in it to peer pressure you to be a nicer sweeter little girl). Where other reviewers saw an idealistic father, I saw parents who wanted little ladies and nothing more. "Don't think darling, and if you do.. only think as we do."
While the insight to the author's love of family and frame of mind were to say the least.. "insightful," I came away with the exact same feeling as I did the first time I read this book, several years ago.. I felt sorry for the Louisa May Alcott.. and I was very pleased I didn't have her "progressive" father as my own.