be guided, the youth ought to be guided until he
or she be confirmed in the right.
3. The mother is also the first commander.
As nature has made her the first teacher and first
guide of the child, so, also, is she made the first
commander of her little boy or her little girl. To
teach a child is an important work, to guide it is
equally important, to command is sometimes more
necessary than to teach or to guide the wavering
steps of the infant, the child, or the youth. These
are inseparable parts of the work of education
which the mother is daily called to perform.
Some silly sentimentalists object to this part of
parental labor: " To command a child to do
this or that, to forbid a child to do this or that,
sounds too much like slavery You may teach
a child, or advise, or guide him, but you must
never command, and should the child refuse to
obey you must never enforce the command by the
rod. O! no! That is slavery, that is cruelty
That takes the spring out of the boy."
Such people seem to believe that they are
wiser than God, and far more loving than he.
The inspired apostle tells us that " God is love."
This is a true witness," God is love." But, not¬
withstanding he enforces obedience by a command
and by a rod. To command and to bless the
obedient, to command and to punish the disobedient