WHEN TO BEGIN TRAINING. 57
The mind of a child is a very complex thing.
It embraces three different things—the intellect,
the sensibility, the will. By the first we acquire
knowledge. By the second we love or hate, are
miserable or happy, are pure or impure, are be¬
loved of God and man or detested by both. By
the third, viz., the will, we purpose and execute
the good or the evil; we obey law, order, gov¬
ernment or we trample them under our feet.
This will " is the rudder which, after all, guides
the course of the vessel even when it is impelled
by sails or by oars inclining now to the one side
and now to the other."1
The will embraces both choice and freedom;
choice of the good or choice of the bad; freedom
to reject the good and to embrace the bad, to fly
up to heaven or leap into hell.2
The proper training of the will is, therefore,
of the first importance in molding and coloring
the character of a child. I shall, therefore, begin
with this. This truth leads me now and here to
say that in training the mental activities, the first
lesson which the mother ought to give her child is
obedience to herself.
She stands in the stead of the Creator, and is
'Dr. McCosh on "The Emotions," page 27.
*" Outline Study of Man," by Dr. Mark Hopkins, pages