146 I) QMES TIC ED UCA TI ON.
mother, this dominant influence may be ex¬
pected. But, with all this admission, I believe
the mother is the natural molder of character.
How can the father aid the mother in her
important and glorious work ? I now have special
regard to the formation of moral and religious
character, because I have indicated on a former
page how he can aid her in imparting knowl¬
edge to the intellect. But of what use is the
well-disciplined intellect if the heart and the will
be not properly trained? Have we not some¬
times seen men of the most powerful intellect,
and of the finest culture in a literary and artistic
point of view, mere blanks in society; and, at
other times, have we not seen such individuals so
debased in morals as to be a curse to themselves
and to others? Yes, all these things we have
witnessed, and more; for we have frequently seen
such talented and highly cultivated men acting
the part of skeptics, scoffers, and sneerers.
We, therefore, answer the important question
by saying, the father can aid the mother in mold¬
ing the character of the child.
a. By his fervent, effectual prayers in behalf of
his unborn offspring. Will not the Creator hear
and answer such a prayer? I am certain he will.
A good child is a good gift. When talented,
the gift is increased in its value; and, when the