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gather courage: if twice, they feel assured; if thrice, they triumph. The only safe method is for the parent to meet the first resistance of the child with firmness, and by no means to per­mit himself to be baffled either by evasion or defiance. But great caution is to be used. The object should be, not merely to make the child obey externally, but internally; to make the obedience sincere and hearty, and to make it flow alike from affection, a sense of duty, and a conviction that he consults his true interest in so doing. All these motives should be brought to concur in the act; if any one of them is wanting, the obedience is imperfect. To accom­plish this thorough subjection of the child to parental authority, it is obvious that great pru­dence is necessary. There must be no violence, no display of temper, no angry looks, no hasty words. Before he can expect to govern a child, a parent must first learn to govern himself. His own passions being under control, his heart chastened, and the traces of vexation swept from his countenance, he may meet the rebel­lious child, assured of triumph. That child might resist threats and be hardened by force; but it will not long resist patient kindness, ten­der remonstrance, affectionate counsel. Miss Sedgewick, in her beautiful story entitled Home,
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