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TNo. V. HINTS TO PARENTS.

FIRST EXERCISES

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SPIRIT 0F PESTALOZZI'S METHOD.

LONDON:

Printed for

HARVE5T AND DARTON, GRACECflURCH-STREET. 1826.

PRICE OXE SHILLING.

TO

PARENTS.

Parents who undertake early domestic Education, from a sense of duty to their Children, as well as from a desire to promote and to diffuse true knowledge and genuine happiness among mankind, must be prepared to encounter innumerable obstacles, and counteracting circumstances.

They must arm themselves with strength of mind, and firmness of principle, to proceed on their career, undismayed by opposition, uninfluenced by fashion, and unseduced by example. No considerations of earthly interest, no fear of human censure, no thirst for human applause, neither dread of singularity, nor weak complaisance, must have power to slacken their zeal, tempt them to a dereliction of their sacred duties, or make them, for one moment, forget the high stake for which they are contending.

Let them beware of idly consuming their time, and uselessly exhausting their powers, in vain contests with those who will probably be the most forward and positive, though least qualified, to offer opinion and advice, the non-practical!

Parents may probably find their own defective Education, combined with other unfavourable circumstances, no small impediment to the successful execution of plans, which their theoretical as well as practical experience, convince them to be right. But let them be neither discouraged nor impatient; let them persevere: because they cannot accomplish all that they wish, let them neither sit down in idleness, nor abandon the cause in despair; but rather let them learn, by steady and enlightened perseverance, how to "convert even obstacles and inconveniences, into elements and means of success."

Although the present prospect may not be promising, the seed they are sowing may, at a future time, bring forth abundantly: and should their labours only have the effect of rousing others to exertion, in this great cause, they will be no inconsiderable benefactors to mankind.

Whatever doubts may be entertained of the

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