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A Short Sermon for Parents (1850)

It is said that when the mother of Washington was asked how she had formed the character of her son, she replied that she had early endeavored to teach him three things; obedience, diligence, and truth. No better advice can be given by any parent.

Teach your children to obey. Let it be the first lesson. You can hardly begin to soon. It requires constant care to keep up the habit of obedience, and especially to do it in such a way as not to break down the strength of the child’s character.

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Teach your child to be diligent. The habit of being always employed is a great safeguard through life, as well as essential to the culture of almost every virtue. Nothing can be more foolish than an idea which parents have, that it is not respectable to set their children to work.— Play is a good thing; innocent recreation is an employment, and a child may learn to be diligent in that as in other things. But let them early learn to be useful.

As to truth, it is the one essential thing. Let everything else be sacrificed, rather than that.— Without it what dependence can you place in your child? And be sure to do nothing yourself which may countenance any species of prevarication or falsehood. Yet how many parents do teach their children the first lesson of deception?

A Short Sermon for Parents (1850)

A Short Sermon for Parents (1850)

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