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John Stevens Cabot Abbott (September 19, 1805 June 17, 1877), an American historian, pastor, and pedagogical writer, was born in Brunswick, Maine to Jacob and Betsey Abbott. He was a brother of Jacob Abbott, and was associated with him in the management of Abbott's Institute, New York City, and in the preparation of his series of brief historical biographies. Dr. Abbott graduated at Bowdoin College in 1825, prepared for the ministry at Andover Theological Seminary, and between 1830 and 1844, when he retired from the ministry in the Congregational Church, preached successively at Worcester, Roxbury and Nantucket, all in Massachusetts. Owing to the success of a little work, The Mother at Home, he devoted himself, from 1844 onwards, to literature. He was a voluminous writer of books on Christian ethics, and of popular histories, which were credited with cultivating a popular interest in history. He is best known as the author of the widely popular History of Napoleon Bonaparte (1855), in which the various elements and episodes in Napoleon's career are described. Abbott takes a very favourable view towards his subject throughout. Also among his principal works are: History of the Civil War in America (1863-1866), and The History of Frederick II, Called Frederick the Great (New York, 1871). In general, except that he did not write juvenile fiction, his work in subject and style closely resembles that of his brother, Jacob Abbott. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Solid Ground Christian Books (March 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932474706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932474701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 24, 2000
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This book, written(1833)before the psycho-babble days of Freud and others, is tuned into the realities and seriousness of child rearing. His eloquent and powerful illustrations provoke a parent to focus on the child's soul; not just their mind (i.e. education) or body (i.e.health). He clearly understood that the child will one day grow up; and how you raise him now will effect how he turns out later (proverbs 22:6). I sincerely recommend that both mother and father read it together, and discuss what is read. It has given my husband and I unity in our parenting, and a better understanding of why we do what we do with our children. I reccommend this book to everyone I know who has children. It has been one of the most helpful, to the point, books I have read outside of the Bible.
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This book is a rare find for any mom who wants to excel in her raising of her kids. It focuses on common mistakes parents make and the most reasonable means to solve them. This book is hard to find, I have been looking for it for more than a year. Don't pass it up, you won't be disappointed.
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This is a book to be read and re-read.

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.
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I previously purchased this book by a different publisher and really liked it although it was written in 1833 it contained a lot of wisdom on discipline. However, this book had an additional chapter included which was not in the copy I formerly had. I thought that interesting, and before giving it as a gift decided I should take the time to read it. I'm so glad I did as the author suggests shutting a disobedient child in a dark closet as a means of punishment. I quote, "He had never been shut up in the dark as a punishment, because with very young children the consequences of such a measure are sometimes hazardous; but it was known that in this case the child was not afraid; and I desired to know the effect of it, in connection with the religious considerations. The following experiment was tried; the conversation is here precisely as it occured. Mother: 'I am sorry you are so naughty. I must put you into a dark closet, where nobody can see you.'" The mother proceeds to shut the child in the closet until he is willing to submit to her authority...he shares that the result of this experiment is successful in acheiving the desired result.
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I am familiar with this book because it was given to me by my sister-in law when I had my baby daughter, who is now 13 years old. I didn't pay attention at first because my daughter was well behaved. But when I had a son 6 years later who proved to be a challenge, I read the book carefully and the wisdom I picked up from the book was priceless. I purchased this book this year not for myself but for my sister because I noticed that she needs guidance, and this book is just the right material to give a mother the right perspective.
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. I have read countless parenting/early childhood ed books, but by far The Mother at Home gave the most insight into how to bring up a child from infancy to be truly happy, not the false happiness that self-serving produces or that our current society's child psychology offers. Actually, John S.C. Abbot offers mothers (and fathers) a timeless and thorough message giving hope for their own parenting journey that I have not seen elsewhere. If you have an interest in reaching your child's soul to nurture, mold and guide toward everlasting life, (not simply to get them to "mind") you want to read this book. I daily put the principles in this book to practice. I have four boys ages 5, 3, 3, and 1. They are VERY active, challenging, and their sin natures are in full effect! Do they understand this? No. That's why God gave them a mother, me. Am I perfect, no. But I have a perfect God who gave me His Word and a call to raise these little men to become citizens of heaven. I know I will make mistakes, but after reading this book and applying these biblical principles, I am a different person. I am no longer the tired, confused, frustrated, embarrassed, angry, out-of-control mother wondering how I could love my children so much and be doing such a terrible job at mothering. My children are a delight to me and they are happier than they've ever been with their "new mommy." We are still working on some behavior issues, but I know they will come in time. For now, I am so thankful that I am able to connect with them in the most important ways.
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.
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