Monday, September 19, 2011

Free and Natural Development

"Probably no degree of loving intimacy will throw the closed doors of the child's nature permanently ajar, because, we may believe, the burden of the mystery of all this unintelligible world falls early upon the conscious soul, and each of us must beat out his conception of life for himself.

But it is much to a child to know that he may question, may talk of the thing that perplexes him, and that there is comprehension for his perplexities.

Effusive sympathy is a mistake, and bores a child when it does not make him silly. But just to know that you can ask and tell is a great outlet, and means, to the parent, the power of direction, and to the child, free and natural development."

CM Series, Volume 3

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