A PLEA FOR THE
Don't expect too much of them; it has taken forty years, it may be, to
make you what you are, with all your lessons of experience; and most
probably you are a faulty being at best. Above all, don't expect judgment in a child,
or patience under trials. Sympathise in their mistakes and troubles; don't
ridicule them. Remember not to measure your child's trials by your standard.
"As one whom his mother comforteth," says the inspired writer, and
beautifully does he convey to us the deep, faithful love that ought to be found
in every woman's heart, unfailing sympathy with all her children's grief's. Let
the memories of their childhood be as bright as you can make them. Grant them
every innocent pleasure in your power.
We have often felt our temper to rise to see how carelessly their
little plans were thwarted by older persons, when a little trouble on their part
would have given the child pleasure, the memory of which would last a lifetime.
Lastly, don't think a child hopeless because it betrays some very bad
habits. We have known children that seemed to have been born thieves and
liars, so early did they display these undesirable traits; yet we have lived to see
those same children become noble men and women, and ornaments to society.
We must confess they had wise affectionate parents. And whatever else
you may be compelled to deny your child by your circumstances in life, give
it what it most values - plenty of love.