Tuesday, January 29

Parenting book

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My lovely friend Rachel had some exerts on parenting posted on her fridge. I stood there and read them and they were great! I asked her where they came from and she gave me the name and author of a parenting book written in the 1800's. Let me tell, you, wisdom does not get outdated.

"..I cannot help remarking that there is hardly any subject about which people seem so tenacious as they are about their children. I have sometimes been perfectly astonished at the slowness of sensible Christian parents to allow that their own children are in fault, or deserve blame. There are not a few persons to whom I would far rather speak about their own sins, than tell them their children had done anything wrong."

Nothing will compensate for the absence of this tenderness and love. A minister may speak the truth as it is in Jesus, clearly, forcibly, unanswerably; but if he does not speak it in love, few souls will be won. Just so you must set before your children their duty, command, threaten, punish, reason, but if affection be wanting in your treatment, your labour will be all in vain."

This is the thought that should be uppermost on your mind in all you do for your children. In every step you take about them, in every plan, and scheme, and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, "How will this affect their souls?"
I found this little book online (the entire ten point text is online to read!) and so we can all read more here:


forcryeye said...

I especially liked the middle one. Great words of wisdom.

Unknown said...

HI Hannah,

In regards to the second quote. It sounds a lot like my one of my hero's Henry CLoud. I have been recommending his books to everyone. I just gave sam his book "Raising Great Kids". He is loving it. Truth & Grace over TIme in the context of Relationship equals healthy....


Lynn Hasty said...

Old books are great! I use them for school as well.

Anyway, you prompted me to uncover my old steamer trunk and see if it was like yours. Not quite.

I posted a pic at my blog if you care to take a look.


Me said...

I am almost finished with Henry Cloud's Raising Great kids and I love it too. Its so nice to see a healthy balanced approach to parenting which includes grace and truth and not just a grace based or discipline based parenting! I'd highly recommend that book too.
Lynn, we use a few old readers for school and a couple of old children's books that have been reprinted.

anya* said...

oh i really loved the thrid quote. i think i am going to post it on my wall somewhere so i can be reminded of it daily- thanks for sharing.