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The Mother As A Teacher

The home is a child's first school, and the mother, his first teacher. Now a good teacher's information can be trusted to be true without the need for constant checking and doubting by the pupil, and one of the first lessons a young child needs to learn is that he can trust the reliability of his mother's teachings. He is therefore spared the confusion of testing and doubting her every lesson and command.

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The home is a child's first school, and the mother, his first teacher. Now a good teacher's information can be trusted to be true without the need for constant checking and doubting by the pupil, and one of the first lessons a young child needs to learn is that he can trust the reliability of his mother's teachings. He is therefore spared the confusion of testing and doubting her every lesson and command.

The acceptance of authority is the first lesson a young child needs to learn so that subsequent lessons will be easier for him. A mother must be an authority, but don't panic. An authority is someone who knows more about a subject than the person with whom he is speaking and who has the sense to stay away from other subjects. A good teacher takes pains to establish her reliability in the eyes of her students by sticking to facts that she can substantiate. Later she can venture to present subjects harder to prove, but only after her students believe in her. A mother should always choose the lesson she wants her child to learn with no more display of emotion than befits a classroom. She need not scold, reason with, nag or punish. She simply makes the child comply.

A good teacher will employ the use of punishment as necessary, but she views punishment not as something she does to the child but as something she does for the child. Mother's attitude towards her disobedient youngster is: "I love you too much to let you behave like this."

Consistency is also a vital part of a good teacher. Any mother will end up with a bewildered mathematician if she spends Monday and Wednesday teaching her child that two plus two equals six, and equal time on Tuesday and Thursday that two plus two equals four. Inconsistency on the part of a mother's discipline produces confusion and panic within a child, so that he ultimately feels like saying, "Oh, forget it!" and he will give up trying to follow any teaching. Convey to the child the same fact as many times as necessary for him to accept it. If you mean it, say it. If you don't mean it, don't say it. But when you do say something, stick to it. It is better to be consistently wrong in discipline than to be right and inconsistent.

The mother as teacher is responsible for other areas of social development. It is up to her to see that child's talents are developed. And a child needs to be challenged with the thought that he lives not just for self-satisfaction and the joy of achievement but that he is under obligation to use his talents and abilities for mankind. He should be educated to idealism rather than materialism. And if a mother has developed within her child a solid sense of self-worth, she won't have to worry about all the social niceties - these will come.

A mother is also responsible for the physical development of her child. Since she plans and prepares the meals, she needs a basic knowledge of health, nutrition, and physiology. Good family health practices protect a family against cold, bouts of flu and other diseases, and dental problems. When a family is in good health, the mother has proved that she has done her job well as family nutritionist.

The first five or six years of a child's life are crucial to his development as an emotionally secure and independent adult. The home atmosphere created by the parents during this time will have a tremendous impact on their child's future. Yet parenthood is thrust upon us instantly. Oh, that we could grow into parenthood.

That's why neither husband nor wife should take for granted a happy home life. Both should conscientiously prepare for it and nurture it. Both have everything to gain and nothing to lose from consciously doing something every day to increase the happiness of each other. In this way, both will contribute more than they realize to the future happiness of the entire family.

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Comments (5)

Nice job. Did you know that the first family teacher was the grandmother?

Ranked #2 in Motherhood

How right you are.

Mother is the best teacher. Thoughtful write.

Well said... I voted you up.

Swaroop

GOOD

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