Good Words for Mothers

Good Words for Mothers

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...used, it will be used under the feeling of tender love and affectionate interest. The children themselves will more and more come to feel that; and feeling it, to render a willing and cheerful obedience to it. We parents should rule in love--in Christian love--But We Should Rule. I am not quite sure of a plan that I have heard of--the plan of explanation or reasoning. Under it, while obedience is required, the reason is always given. Now, in circumstances that may be quite right. It may be part of your religious instruction. And as the young advance in years, it may more and more have a place. But the obedience of a child is certainly not to be made dependent on its convictions of the wisdom or unwisdom of what you enjoin. It is the habit of obedience, as such, which is of such importance. When the famous Sir William Lockhart commanded the soldiers of England under the still more famous Marshal Turenne, he was surprised one day with the intimation that the marshal meant in the morning to attack the Spanish army. The bearer of the intimation was about to explain the reasons why Turenne had made up his mind to fight so suddenly, but Lockhart declined to hear them. "The marshal," he said, "shall tell me his reasons after the battle, if he thinks fit." So, comparing small things with great, I would say, that at least in childhood, the parent should give his reasons, if he think it wise, after he has been obeyed. It is thus that filial obedience passes rightly and naturally over into Divine obedience, in which God, while He gives reasons sometimes, sometimes also gives no other reason than His own sovereignty. Of course, let me add, that parental authority, like all authority, needs a wise hand to wield it. There is more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807928
  • 9781236807922