The value of a praying mother eBook

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or he may have forgotten.  Take him quietly aside; and, after finding out why he has disobeyed, gently tell him again your reasons for making the rules and the necessity of his obedience.  You might have to do this several times, but do not excuse him too long.  When it is necessary to punish, ask for wisdom from above, and then punish in a way that he will understand you and remember the punishment.  When you make a statement, stand by it, if possible, unless you see error in it.  If such be the case, confess your fault.  If your child does not show you due respect and obedience, there is a cause for it, and it is your duty to find out what that cause is.

All children have to contend with bad qualities that have been inherited.  Do not flatter yourself that because the child is yours it will escape temptation; for all must be tempted, if they would be strong.  Teach your children, according to their ability to comprehend, all that they should know to be able to shun evil.  Do not think that because your child has inherited some moral weakness, you are helpless to teach him to overcome it.  You can explain to him his danger and tell him what yielding to the temptations that come to him because of this weakness will lead to.  Point out the effect of this sin upon the one from whom it was inherited.  Tell the child that the only chance to overcome this inherited tendency will be by constantly avoiding those things that will lead to temptation.  You may find the task difficult and you may sometimes feel disheartened, but you must put that wayward child of yours right, if possible, or God will hold you accountable.  Perhaps the inherited sin may lie at your own door.  If it does, you will understand better how to help him from under its power.

In the public school, on the street, and in his various associations, your child will be exposed to the evil of hearing impure language from vile lips; and if he be not warned, who can blame him for listening?  Your home teaching must overbalance all that he hears outside.

Should some question concerning the mysteries of his own body or of his own origin be aroused in his mind by impure stories or by any other cause, you must at once arise to meet the difficulty before harm is done that will be very difficult to overcome.  But some mother will say:  “I do not know what answer to make my child when he asks questions of such a delicate nature.  Would it not be best to leave his mind free from these ideas until he is older?” Doubtless it would, if the child would be contented to wait; but when he has learned enough to ask the question, he is able to tell whether you speak the truth when you say you do not know, and he will not be satisfied by the flimsy pretest, “Oh, run away and don’t bother me; I’m too busy.”

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