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scientific subjects, they may furnish valuable hints to Parents; but they should seldom be put into the hands of their pupils; as, instead of developing the child's faculties, and giving him a consciousness of growing strength, they will weaken, if not destroy, the powers they were intended to cultivate.
Many adults are utterly at a loss to explain themselves, either verbally or in writing, with accuracy and precision, upon the most familiar subjects: this difficulty arises from the want of proper early attention and exercise, and can only be guarded against by constant, judicious, gradual development of all the powers from infancy.
These powers will be found, under Right administration, to give the child distinct ideas of numerical relations, at the same time they are calculated to form habits of attention ; to create a spirit of inquiry ; to develop his faculty of observing, of comparing, of describing: to unfold his power of internal intuition, and to cultivate and strengthen the faculty of speech.
When once the Pestalozzian SPIRIT is iqibibed, Mothers will no longer consider their children as clogs upon their business or their pleasures; nor, in order to rid themselves of
the irksome restraint, will they wish merely to provide them with a solitary and an independent employment,they will no longer undaturally consider time devoted to their infants as lost to pleasure; but they will desire to associate them with every thought, every action, and every scene, wbich they will delight in rendering conducive to the real improvement, and to the present and future usefulness and gengine happiness, of their little ones *.
They will despise and reject the authority of that world by which they are now enslaved and debased; they will no longer condescend to use its language f, or blindly yield to its dictates; they will cast off the prejudices
* “Every hour in the society of a parent who understands education, and pays proper attention to it, is an hour gained to moral improvement."
“ Every hour which a Christian Mother spends with her children, has balm on its wings.—Babinglon.
+ Duty ... Doing as other people do.
Fashionable World displayed.-Rev. J. Owen.
which they have imbibed in it; they will be “ jealous of every thing which keeps them from the bosom of their family;" they will hold themselves responsible to God, to their children, to their country, for the use they make of the mighty power that is intrusted to their hands; they will return to their most sacred duty; they will deem it a great honour to be the faithful, watchful guardians of their children; consider it a high calling to train them in knowledge and virtue, to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They will create a home of confidence, of joy, of gratitude, of love; and prove themselves Christian Mothers, “not in name only, but in deed and in truth.”
“ Happy if full of days—but happier far,
If ere we yet discern life's ev’ning star,
Mothers who have thus overcome the world, and renounced the errors of their own education, who have become capable of creating and enjoying a HAPPY HOME—“how much is comprised in this single expression; the highest state of felicity on earth;" such Mothers, far from keeping their daughters in ignorance of the important, the extensive, the permapent consequences attending early education, will teach them to consider the art of training children as the most essential of all arts. When Parents act'thuswhen moral and intellectual culture—when the knowledge of human nature, and the means of developing and improving it-when the ability to regulate the affections and to direct the will, to form the judgment--when the art of cherish. ing good impressions, and of discovering and repressing evil passions in short, when EDUCATION, the most dignified of earthly occupations—when this constitutes a branch, and the most prominent branch, of female instruction, then and not till then may we reasonably form the expectation—indulge the cheering hope, of seeing wisdom, virtue, benevolence, and happiness, take the place of folly, vice, selfishness, and misery *
* * Voulez-vous rendre chacun à ses premiers devoirs ? commencez par les mères ; vous serez étonné des changements que vous produirez."-Rousseau.
And let Parents be deeply sensible, that to bestow such an education will require on their part great self-denial, government of the passions, self-control, and exercise of patience, much thought and labour, constant action; freedom from prejudice and worldly views and notives; an ardent love of truth, justice, and benevolence: and as children learn most by imitation, a watchful care that example ever correspond with precept, that their conduct is invariably regulated by the temper and spirit of genuine Christianity.
“ Blest infant ! whom his Mother taught
Early to seek the Lord,
The day-spring of the word;
Behold that Mother's love. (a)
“ Blest Mother! who, in Wisdom's path,
By her own parent trod,
And know the fear of God:
(a) 2 Tim. i. 5, and iii. 14. 15.