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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rearing Children-Louisiana Style!

I put in bold some items I thought were of interest. I think if point VII were still in play today we would see a generation more motivated "to do" rather than the product we see today of most youths.

DAILY ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE, LA], January 8, 1861, p. 2, c. 4
Rearing Children.—The following rules for rearing children are deserving the attention of every man and woman:


I. Children should not go to school until six years old.
II. Should not learn at home during that time more than the alphabet, religious teachings excepted.
III. Should be fed with plain, substantial food, at regular intervals of not less than four hours.
IV. Should not be allowed to eat anything within two hours of bed-time.
V.
Should have nothing for supper but a single cup of warm drink, such as very weak tea of some kind, or cambric tea, or warm milk and water, with one slice of cold bread and butter—nothing else.
VI. Should sleep in separate beds, on hair mattresses, without caps; feet first well warmed by the fire or rubbed with the hands until perfectly dry; extra covering on the lower limbs, but little on the body.
VII. Should be compelled to be out of doors for the greater part of the daylight—from after breakfast until half an hour before sundown—unless in damp, raw weather, when they should not be allowed to go outside the door.
VIII. Never limit a healthy child as to sleeping or eating, except at supper, but compel regularity as to both. It is of great importance.
IX. Never compel a child to sit still, nor interfere with its enjoyment, as long as it is not actually injurious to person or property, or against good morals.
X. Never threaten a child. It is cruel, unjust and dangerous. What you have to do, do it, and be done with it.
XI. Never speak harshly or angrily, but mildly, kindly, and, when really needed, firmly—no more.
XII.
By all means arrange it so that the last words between you and your children at bed-time, especially the younger ones, shall be words of unmixed lovingness and affection.

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