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Child Guidance, Page 82

Chapter 11—To be Taught from Babyhood

Begin the Teaching Early—Obedience to parental authority should be inculcated in babyhood and cultivated in youth.1The Review and Herald, March 13, 1894.

Some parents think that they can let their little ones have their own way in their babyhood, and then when they get older, they will reason with them; but this is a mistake. Begin in the baby life to teach obedience.... Require obedience in your home school.2Letter 75, 1898.

From their earliest life children should be taught to obey their parents, to respect their word, and to reverence their authority.3The Review and Herald, July 16, 1895.

Before Reason Is Developed—One of the first lessons a child needs to learn is the lesson of obedience. Before he is old enough to reason, he may be taught to obey.4Education, 287.

The mother's work should commence with the infant. She should subdue the will and temper of the child and bring its disposition into subjection. Teach it to obey, and as the child grows older, relax not the hand.5The Signs of the Times, February 26, 1880.

Before Self-will Grows Strong—Few parents begin early enough to teach their children obedience. The child is usually allowed to get two or three years the start of its parents, who forbear to discipline it, thinking it is too young to learn to obey. But all this time self is growing strong in the little being, and every day makes it a harder task for the parent to gain control of the child.

At a very early age children can comprehend what is plainly and simply told them, and, by kind and judicious

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