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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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"PERFECT MOTHERS" FAIL THEY KILL
CHILDREN'S INITIATIVE
BY WINONA WILCOX
"She's a born wife and mother,
ma'am. That's why my children all
ran. away frc-m home," explains -Collins,
the green grocer,, to the Bishop's
lady in "Petting Married," the Shaw
play which is one of the winter's"
successes in New York.
After we have, laughed, at Shavian
humor it is quite worth while to take
it seriously, for the perfect mother is
often the mpst tyrannical of her sex.
She accomplishes marvels with
Jier children. They never disobey.
Their "manners are perfect Th.ey
are models at school and members
of the mothers' club are all anxious
to find out'how the perfect mother
does it. .
But very often the' average busy
mothers are educating the future
senators and governors, by their,,
half-way methods of doing things
which leave something for the child
to dec'de for himself and to, execute
according fo, his own fancy.
The perfect mother's control of
her-children often amounts to hyp
notism.' , -
The child trained from the begin
ning to wait fpr his mother's judg-
ment never, gets into any trouble,
never makes any mistakes. But he
never arrives anywhere, either, be
cause he has been despoiled of his
initiative. j
Every grain of originality has been
stamped but of him. He has not even
a will of his own. And when in col
Jege he is thrown on his own judg
ment, he has none to fall backon.
He is weaker than the orphan girl
who had "no mother to guide her." .
Then, of course, his bad conduct
breaks bis mother's heart and the
familv friends are surprised at the
rascal after, the "splendid - bringing
up ne nad."
This tyranny of the ideal mother is
so subtle the children who run away
from home .never can explain why
they do so. It is disastrous in many
ways. ' . .
"I wonder," said a clever -greatj
grandmother, "why all the marvel
ous babies grow up into such com
monplace men and women."
The loving tyranny of the born
wife and mother is one explanation
which reduces genius to convention-, "
al standards and rewards mediocrity
because it conforms to law and
therefore never makes anybody any
trouble. o o
MINISTERS . PROTEST BAZAAR
OPENING SUNDAY ..
Led by the Rev. John Timothy
Stone, pastor of the Fourth Presby-,
terian church, ministersvof the city:
are protesting against Jhe proposal'
to keep the allied bazaar open on
Sunday, Jan. 14..
Henry, J. Patten, Evanston, chair-'
man of the' executive body, answered
that Sunday was , the only day the
poorer classes, from the steel'millS;
and the -big industrial plants, could
get down to the Coliseum to buy and.
donate. '
FREE'
COURT DECISION WAY
BRIDEWELL PRISONERS
Atleast 00 men now serving in:
the Bridewell may be freed this "week
under a" decision of Judge Windes.
that the state cannot make prisoners
work out their fines if unable to pay.-'
Jacob Hopkins, former judgte, gp.'
the decision when he applie1 for a'
writ of habeas corjras for Charles-,
Bosher and PauL Uburtus, sentenced
from the morals court
0 0
London. Government preparing
additional liquor restraint measures
that may go as far as absolute pro
hibition for Great Britain.
Vallejo, Cal. E. N. Rice claims to
have invented gun which shoots..
3,000 bullets avminute at twjcevfr
locity of army rifle, ...

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