The Mother's Book

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Carter, Hendee and Babcock, 1831 - Child rearing - 168 pages

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I found the information in this book to be extremely informative in my researches of the time period for a piece that I am writing. Not only do I need information in general of early child rearing due to my own lack of personal experience but I also need it from the point of view of someone in the mid 19th century and what they would have used as a guide.  



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Page 20 - ... sometimes on the folds of the drapery ; but we must proceed, and it is in our power to proceed, as nature does in forming a flower, or any other of her productions ; she throws out altogether, and at once, the whole system of being, and the rudiments of all the parts.
Page 88 - This is beautiful and true; but is it not likewise applicable to man? The truly great never seek to display themselves. If they carry their heads high above the crowd, it is only made manifest to others by accidental revelations of their extended vision. ' Human duties and proprieties do...
Page 22 - It is in vain to load the understanding with rules, if the affections are not pure. In the first place, it is not possible to make rules enough to apply to all manner of cases; and if it were possible, a child would soon forget them. But if you inspire him with right feelings, they will govern his actions. All our thoughts and actions come from our affections; if we love what is good, we shall think and do what is good. Children are not so much influenced by what we say and do in particular reference...
Page 84 - It cheers so many hours of illness and seclusion ; it gives the mind something to interest itself about, instead of the concerns of one's neighbors, and the changes of fashion ; it enlarges the heart, by giving extensive views of the world ; it every day increases the points of sympathy with an intelligent husband ; and it gives a mother materials for furnishing the minds of her children.
Page 161 - I may judge by my own observation of such matches, marrying for a home is a most tiresome way of getting a living.
Page 20 - We must not proceed in forming the moral character as a statuary proceeds in forming a statue, who works sometimes on the face, sometimes on one part, and sometimes on another, but...
Page 107 - IN politeness, as in many other things connected with the formation of character, people in general begin outside, when they should begin inside ; instead of beginning with the heart, and trusting that to form the manners, they begin with the manners, and trust the heart to chance influences.
Page 52 - I have before shown that the same rule applies to the affections, — that it is better to encourage what is right, than to punish what is wrong. Nothing strengthens a child in goodness, or enables him to overcome a fault, so much as seeing his efforts excite a sudden and earnest expression of love and joy. For children of two or three years old, pictures are great sources of amusement and instruction. Engravings of animals on large cards are very good things. It is a great object to have proportion...
Page 53 - A little girl had better fashion her cups and saucers of acorns, than td have a set of earthen ones supplied. A boy takes ten times more pleasure in a little wooden cart...
Page 143 - Every one of our sex ought to know how to sew, and knit, and mend, and cook, and superintend a household. In every situation of life high or low, this sort of knowledge is of great advantage. There is no necessity that the gaining of such information should interfere with intellectual acquirement, or even with elegant accomplishment.

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