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Child's Room
AS soon as the child is old enough to leave the nursery it should, if it is a possible thing, have a room to itself.
The Child's Play And Playmates
The plays and playmates of our youth leave ineffaceable memories. Our children's first contact with their fellow-beings molds their characters; this makes their associations and amusements of the deepest importance.
The Child's Home
WHAT a child shall become depends largely, almost entirely, upon the atmosphere of its home. Environment, not heredity or temperament, in the long run settles the disposition and character. For this reason it is not enough to give a child a home of comfort alone; it is far more important to give him one which will develop the best in him.
The Child's School
THE child who can step straight from the nursery into that paradise, the kindergarten, finds itself ideally cared for and blissfully happy, in its quiet, sunny rooms, with flowers and birds and stories and plays.
The Child's Reading
THE modern mother is nothing if not systematic. Her child's hours, its food, and its studies are all carefully planned to the smallest detail, yet when it comes to its reading she is told by some authorities that she should let the child itself take the lead.
Parental Discipline
THERE is a saying in a good old Book, which was once on the lips of all parents, but has today apparently been forgotten : Spare the rod and spoil the child. The very use of the rod, or its equivalent, seems to have disappeared in the past with other once familiar household gods.
Obedience In The Child
THE objectionable phrase, - This is the age of obedient parents, - has passed into a byword, one we do not like to hear today, perhaps because we recognize that there is too much truth in it.
Child's Truthfulness
THERE is no reason why any child who is carefully trained should ever grow up untruthful; if he does, undoubtedly there has been some serious mistake to account for it. A little child, who is healthy, kindly treated, encouraged to be frank in speaking of everything to his parents, will naturally grow up more and more into perfect truthfulness.
Self Control In The Child
THE end and aim of all real education is to teach the child to control himself. It seems strange that any grown man or woman needs to be told - Do this, and - Do not do that, and yet practically that is what must be done for those who have not learned to direct their own lives.
Training In Order And Punctuality
A CHILD is ordinarily a disorderly little being, probably because from his first day he has been accustomed to being waited upon, picked-up for, and generally directed by his mother or his nurse, or both together.
Children And Money
THE mind of a child veers between the love of acquiring and the love of spending. It delights to hoard, to shake its bank and feel its increasing weight; and it also delights to spend recklessly until it is bankrupt.
The Child And Handicraft
OUR national eagerness to acquire new ideas has become proverbial, yet there is at least one point in which our great public school system is curiously behind that of other countries; we omit from most of our schools any attempt to teach manual training.
Music And Art For The Child
Happily the time has gone by when every little girl must take piano-lessons, and toil over scales through weary hours, regardless of sunshine and bird-song. How many of us who have passed through those memorable periods of distress recall the expedients to which we were driven to shorten them.
The Child's Sunday
he boys and girls sit in the bare parlor studying the catechism, and the oldest, promoted to Josephus, has wickedly cut out the inside of that thick volume and converted it into the home of a secular white mouse. No one who has read the book can forget that picture.
The Child And Nature
THERE is a close connection between children and things in Nature, so close that they see and hear and imagine more than those who have grown out of childhood. The beauty and wonder of the world are all fresh to them, and every-thing they see is a marvel.
Training A Child For Life
ONE of the things which parents too often forget is that, after all, it is not the training of a child in itself which is the important thing, it is the preparation for adult life.
Homelike Home
NOTHING can be meaner than that misery should love company. But the proverb is founded on an original principle in human nature, which it is no use to deny and hard work to conquer.
The Girl Of Fifteen
WINSOME and clever, or thoughtful and brooding, merry or quiet, according to her temperament, the girl of fifteen is in some phases a problem to her mother, and in many ways a puzzle to herself.
Speaking And Its Faults
ONE may read in the literature devoted to the mental growth and to the training of children much learned discussion of the development of speech, and the reasons for this and that.
Association Of Mother And Sons
MRS. POTTER PALMER, of Chicago, one of the fore-most women of the Middle West, feels that the close association between mother and sons which she has observed prevailing in England ought to be more frequent here.
Two Sorts Of Impertinence
YOUTHFUL impertinence is a fault for which parents should blame themselves mainly, for it rarely appears in a household where mutual respect and politeness prevail. Little children may, it is true, say very saucy things, yet quite innocently.
Simplifying Housework
BY way of establishing a frank and friendly understanding between writer and reader, we will admit, at the beginning of our talk, that nothing can make American housekeeping easy.
Temper, And How To Meet It
The cures for temper, then, are: First, avoidance of provocation; second, distracted attention; third, active physical exercise; and fourth, if all these fail, solitude and quiet until the storm has blown itself out.
Submission
Nevertheless, whether or not parents may have the courage, or think it wise, to make the fight in the cradle there is no question but that a baby accustomed to submit and adjust itself to circumstances and regulations will more easily take the next step, which is Obedience.
Shall The Boy Stay In School
THIS is a question which is forcing itself upon the attention of parents everywhere. It is even said to be more insistent now than formerly, because it seems to be harder each year to keep the boys in school.
Shall Your Boy Fight?
It would seem a nobler thing for a little fellow of ten or twelve to refuse to fight and to endure hard knocks with patience, than to hold his own on the playground by returning blow for blow. Yet the lad who does this, whether he be younger or older, is likely to be misunderstood, and observation, in my judgment, shows that in boy-life it is often necessary to win peace by personal valor.
Self-Training Of A Kid
They find it hard to realize that, if it comes to a choice it is better for self and husband and all the family that a youngster should now and then get a bruise or a cut or even a broken limb, than that the mother should wear out her own and others' nerves by complaining fears of what may never happen.
Naming The Baby
IT would seem as though almost every conceivable reason had influenced parents in naming their children except consideration for the child's feelings after it had grown old enough to realize what a trick had been played upon it.
May Children Be Noisy
SOMEBODY has declared that he wouldn't give a snap for youngsters who didn't make a noise, meaning that their disposition to stillness showed that they lacked vigor.
The Use And Abuse Of Holidays
THE question of holidays, and in particular of the long summer vacation, is one which often gives parents anxious thoughts.
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