Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rebuking a child
"Never rebuke a child in the first moments of passion, whether on your side or hers. If on yours, she will perceive that you conduct yourself according to caprice and resentment, and not according to reason and affection: you will, in consequence, irretrievably lose your authority. If you correct in the first gust of her passion, her mind is not sufficiently collected to confess her fault, to conquer her feelings and to acknowledger the importance of your advice.........
Fenelon's book on rearing daughters, painting by Max Ernst.