An Essay on the Government of Children, Under Three General Heads

An Essay on the Government of Children, Under Three General Heads

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1753 edition. Excerpt: ...the Father has his Darling, and the Mother her's; that Mothers are extravagantly fond of the Boys, and either treat the Girls with a vifible know not why. It is true indeed that it may, and sometimes does happen, that one Child in a Family is superior in Parts to the rest, or is particularly engaging, and may be said to me ' rit that partial Distinction Parents make; but to shew that Reason is not always their Guide, I appeal to general Observation, Whether it does does not often happen, that the greatest Fa vourite is the greatest Booby? Yet allowing that a Lady loves her Son best, because he is really a smart Fellow s.it is poffible those very Wilifieations she so much admires, and which attract her to him to the Prejudice of the other Children, are the things she ought to be most displeased with; things, which if' founded to the Bottom, would often prove Vice or Folly. But supposmg that the favouride Son is really what he appears, more amiable than the Girls; may not this be owing to Accident or Design? May it not be the Effects of superior Education, or a greater Knowledge of Men and Manners? most certainly. All young People are, what they are, in proportion to the Opportunities they have had-of acquiring Knowledge, or the Use they have made of them; so shut them out from Opportunities, and they can never improve; because they are deprived of the Means: thus it often happens in Families; the Boys are in the World, and gain a Knowledge of good Behaviour, the Girls are coop'd up, and Mamma wonders at their Ignorance! But But what farther encreases a Mother's Surprize is, that she, does not.find her Girls improve in proportion to the Opinion she enter their Knowledge of the World will be very scanty. To be acquainted with the World, we...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694254X
  • 9781236942548