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12    A mother is the strongest educator, either for or against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of anA mother’s responsibilityother mortal mind, and unconsciously mould 15it, either after a model odious to herself or through divine influence, “according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.” Hence the importance 18of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.

21    Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Children’s tractabilityParents should teach their children at the 24earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will 27make them happy and good.

    Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While 30age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards Truth.

237:1    A little girl, who had occasionally listened to my explanations, badly wounded her finger. She seemed not 3to notice it. On being questioned about it she answered ingenuously, “There is no sensation in matter.” Bounding off with laughing eyes, she presently added, “Mamma, 6my finger is not a bit sore.”

    It might have been months or years before her parents would have laid aside their drugs, or reached the mental 9Soil and seedheight their little daughter so naturally attained. The more stubborn beliefs and theories of parents often choke the good seed in the minds of 12themselves and their offspring. Superstition, like “the fowls of the air,” snatches away the good seed before it has sprouted.

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