A THREE-FOLD responsibility de- volves upon the mother – a responsibility that she should feel proud and happy to bear, even if it entails a certain amount of self-sacrifice, as it most assuredly will. Firstly, there is the spiritual and moral welfare of her child – the character-training and the instilling of rigid principles and high ideals; secondly, the physical welfare; thirdly, the mental.
In the early impressionable years, before the school age has been reached, a child is constantly with its mother, unconsciously moulding its speech, its manners, its actions upon hers. It is to its mother that it will come with all its eager, burning questions. If she strives honestly and conscientiously to answer these questions, and in such a clear and simple manner that the boy or girl will understand, she will not only be educating him, but will be drawing closer to him in a sympathy and understanding that will grow with the years. Misunderstanding I 00 often a gulf of misunderstanding separates parent and child, a gulf that in time may become too wide to bridge. In many cases this could have been avoided if only the parent had tried to understand the child, to see its point of view, and had listened to and answered its questions.
The wise mother will consider it not only her duty but her privilege to mould her childs mind in its formative stage. She will be proud to feel that in later years, when her children have grown to be successful men and women, they will say: It is to my mother that I owe everything – to her wonderful love, and patience, and wisdom.
The home, in the opinion of the Bishop of Oxford, is a stronger influence than the school. I have never known a man go really to the bad who had a good home.
Educational Methods, Modern. Schools arent a bit like what they were in my early days, says many a parent. They are not; and the change is on the whole immensely for the better. But it is rather humiliating for father or mother, eager to help a child with his lessons, to be told scornfully, Oh no, thats not the right way at all; we dont do it like that. Also, parents seeking the best school for a young child are bewildered by the variety of methods winch obtain; one is a Montessori school, another Froebel, a third P. N. E. U. At this one the Dalton plan is used, at that a speciality is made of eurhythmies; here the talk is of self government, there of creative activity. Below are given brief explanations of some of the more popular modern educational methods, with a note on the up-to-date infants department of the elementary school.