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The Mother at Home Paperback – March 9, 2005
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I will allow, as another person mentioned, that in places the author advocates what at first seems harsh to our modern notions of child raising. But, the author also instructs, "Guard against too much severity. By pursuing a steady course of efficient government, severity will very seldom be found necessary. If, when punishment is inflicted, it is done with composure and with solemnity, occasions for punishment will be very infrequent. Let a mother ever be affectionate and mild with her children. Let her sympathize with them in their little sports. Let her gain their confidence by her assiduous efforts to make them happy. And let her feel when they have done wrong, not irritated, but sad; and punish them in sorrow, but not in anger. Fear is a useful and a necessary principle in family government. God makes use of it in governing his creatures. But it is ruinous to the disposition of a child, exclusively to control him by this motive. How unhappy must be that family where the parent always sits with a face deformed with scowls, and where the voice is always uttered in tones of severity and command! ... Every effort should be made to make home the most desirable place; to gather around it associations of delight; and thus to form in the mind of your child an attachment for peaceful and purifying enjoyments."
One of the things that I most learned from this book was how much I need to change ME, before I expect my children to be 'perfectly obedient'. "The parent must strive to be herself just what she wishes her child to be. She must cherish in her own spirit those virtues and those graces which she desires to see as the embellishments of the character of her child.Read more ›
The wording is a little old fashioned, but I rather enjoyed it. I felt in touch with a time long gone where so many things were still right. But absolutely everything in the book is applicable.Read more ›
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I am borrowing this book from my church. I am mind-blown at how technical and HELPFUL this book is. Why didn't I know about it when I first became a mother. Oh my word.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole R. Vandeventer
This book was really encouraging to me. It's written from the perspective of a son remembering his mother's faithful guidance.Published 13 months ago by A.B.
This little book is full of sound advice for all mothers!
It has been life changing for me as it explained the worth of a Godly mother.
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A great book for getting conservative Christian advice. Also great if just in need of a parenting pep-talk.Published 19 months ago by rena
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