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The Young Mother

William A. Alcott

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. . .ir fancy, but never in their practice, reject it, are not to be regarded.

The principle laid down in the commencement of the chapter on Temperature, is the great principle which should guide us in regard to dress. But although we should always keep a little too cool rather than a little too warm, it is by no means desirable to be cold. Any degree of chilliness, long continued, interrupts the functions which the skin ought to perform, and thus produces mischief.

The same rules, in this respect, apply to eating, as well as to dress. It is better to eat a little less than nature requires, than a little more. It is a generally received opinion, however, that mankind frequently, at least in this country, eat about twice as much as health requires. This is owing to habit; and perhaps the power of the latter is as great in this respect as in regard to dress.

The great point in regard to food or dress is, to begin right, and, observing what nature requ. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is a product of its time published in 1836. It provides detailed advice on the raising of children. Of course, much of it has been proven scientifically to be false and has changed over time. But, I was amazed to find that, on whole, much of its advice holds true to this day.

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