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Child Guidance, Page 26

Chapter 3—When to Begin the Child's Training

Education Begins With the Infant—The word “education” means more than a course of study at college. Education begins with the infant in its mother's arms. While the mother is molding and fashioning the character of her children, she is educating them.1Good Health, July, 1880 par. 12.

Parents send their children to school; and when they have done this, they think they have educated them. But education is a matter of greater breadth than many realize: it comprises the whole process by which the child is instructed from babyhood to childhood, from childhood to youth, and from youth to manhood. As soon as a child is capable of forming an idea, his education should begin.2The Review and Herald, June 27, 1899.

Start When the Mind Is Most Impressible—The work of education and training should commence with the babyhood of the child; for then the mind is the most impressible, and the lessons given are remembered.3Letter 1, 1877.

Children should virtually be trained in a home school from the cradle to maturity. And, as in the case of any well-regulated school, the teachers themselves gain important knowledge; the mother especially, who is the principal teacher in the home, should there learn the most valuable lessons of her life.4Pacific Health Journal, May, 1890.

It is a parent's duty to speak right words.... Day by day parents should learn in the school of Christ lessons from One that loves them. Then the story of God's

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