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Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young

Jacob Abbott

Book Overview: 

Subtitled, "The principles on which a firm parental authority may be established and maintained, without violence or anger, and the right development of the moral and mental capacities be promoted by methods in harmony with the structure and the characteristics of the juvenile mind." This book gives practical advice on how to raise children using "gentle measures" that do not damage the children's emotions or self esteem.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .sugar, instead of four, in his glass of water.

There was some question about the necessity of requiring him to be ready before seven; Egbert being inclined to argue that if he was ready by breakfast-time, that would be enough. But Mary said no. "To allow you a full hour to dress," she said, "when half an hour is enough, may answer very well in respect to having you ready for breakfast, but it is no way to cure you of the fault. That would enable you to play half of the time while you are dressing, without incurring the punishment; but the way to cure you is to make it sure that you will have the punishment to bear if you play at all."

So it was decided to allow only half an hour for the dressing-time.

Egbert's mother said she was a little afraid about the one lump of sugar that was left to him when he failed.

"The plan may succeed," she said; "I am very willing that you should try it;. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Okay, so I tried listening to this from the Guttenburg Project Books and it was useful for 3 Chapters, and then got utterly boring.

One of my most favorite parenting books! So full of wisdom - I can pick it up anytime, read a little, and be a better parent aftewards. Very true principles.

I think the book is extremely worth the read, especially if you have more than one child. The information in the book is quite useful. Who knew you needed a book(s) to raise kids.