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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
than others; fathers to see them excel in mental power; and thus the seeds of false ambition are sown, and, when the rank weeds shoot up, they are nurtured by the parental hand. The motive here cannot be disguised; it is selfish pride in the parent, though it may wear the semblance of affection for the child. To aid persons engaged in the training of children, so that they may cherish a virtuous ambition on the one hand, and repress vicious ambition on the other, I suggest the following table.
POINTS OF SAFE AMBITION. WHICH TARENTS MAY INCULCATE UPON THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. WITHOUT FEAR OF EXCESS.
1.  Neatness and propriety in dress, having reference to occasion and the circumstances of the individual.
2.  Politeness ; paying due regard to the tastes and feelings of others.
3.  Good humor.
4.  Cheerfulness.
5.  Justice in respect to the property, character, and feelings of others.
6 Cultivation of the intellect, with a view to the discovery and vindication of truth.
7.  Wisdom; the skill to avoid vice and misfortune, and to attain virtue and success.
8.  Self-control; the power to restrain one's self from acts of imprudence, vice and folly ; the power to compel one's self to do what is required at the right time and in the right way.
9.  Moral courage; the power to resist fashionable errors; to maintain unpopular truth; to show sympathy, kindness and humanity toward the unfortunate, the humble and the poor, even where it may threaten momentary contempt.
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