"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