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Gentle Child Training

Gentle Measures in the Management
and Training of the Young

By Jacob Abbott, 1871

The principles on which a firm parental authority may be established and maintained, without violence or anger, and the right development of the moral and mental capacities be promoted—by methods in harmony with the structure and the characteristics of the young mind.

[Warning! There is much in this book that we do not agree with--as some of its teachings are unbiblical. Most conspicuously absent from the book, is the biblical mandate of the use of the rod in training children. "The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently." Proverbs 13:24. "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15. "The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother." Proverbs 29:15. Nevertheless, there is great value in the book, in that it does contain some excellent insights into the mind of a child; and many helpful and practical suggestions on how to gently train children, once parental authority is firmly in place. Read with caution!]

Section 1

1. Three Modes of Management

2. What Are Gentle Measures

3. There must Be Authority

4. Gentle Punishment of Disobedience

5. The Philosophy of Punishment

Section 2

6. Rewarding Obedience

7. The Art of Training

8. Methods Exemplified

9. Della and the Dolls

10. Sympathy—the Child with the Parent

11. Sympathy—the Parent with the Child

Section 3

12. Commendation and Encouragement

13. Page Faults of Immaturity

14. The Activity of Children

15. The Imagination in Children

16. Truth and Falsehood

17. Judgment and Reasoning

18. Wishes and Requests

Section 4

19. Children's Questions

20. The Use of Money

21. Corporal Punishment

22. Gratitude in Children

23. Religious Training

24. Conclusion


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