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from -what is harmful and undesira
ble by telling -what it may do. Make
your suggestions and admonitions
positive instead of negative.
Say to little Bill when you send
him to the store, "Keep your feet
dry," instead of "Don't get your feet
wet." Suggestions is a" powerful
molding influence on character de
velopment. One of the most essential things
to ascertain about your child in early
youth is whether or not its faculty of
caution is over or under developed.
All fears 'spring fromthat brain area
It is on the sides of the head up
ward from the ears ' where a cow
has its horns and its manifesta
tions are shrewdness, sfealth, decep
tion and timidity as well as terror.
(Note its location on the accompany
If the lobe of caution is particular
ly large you may expect your child
to be supersensitive to all dreads, es
pecially if it is also of the mental,
imaginative, speculative type.
Such a youngster should never
be frightened; never excited by fear
some stories- or make-believe; never
taught to dread the dark, nor its
childhood world peopled with the
Rough games should be discour
aged, and yet not to such an extent
that cowardice, to which thistype is
unusally prone, is increased. Other
wise the child becomes a timid,
shrinking, craven creature and its
life made miserable.
If, on the' other hand, caution is
small, then this quality should be de
veloped somewhat by precept and
example. For its self-preservation
the child must be Impressed with, the
dire results of recklessness.
Be careful about punishing .chil
dren in whom destructiveness is
large. Feel your child's head just
abov& the ear. If there is a large
bump there the possibility is that it is
temperamentally destructive. It will
smash furniture, its dolls and toys. J
To decrease this tendency teach it
constructive play. Don't laugh when
it knocks down its block houses.
Simply direct this abnormal manifes-,
tation of energy into other channels.
Destructiveness often accompa
nies the motive type of child.
The most effective punishment for
the motive is to deprive it of active
games and play. Qompel it to sit
quietly on a chair as punishment
Craving movement, such inertia is
The 'vital child is most severely
and beneficially punished by deny
ing it food, for food is its chief crav
ing. The mental type, on the other
hand, is most effective chasteneorby
being denied books, stories, pictures,
music and all the mental stimuli it
Punishment should begin with the
parent's appeal .to the highest Dart '
of the child's nature susceptible to
influen.ce, and should descend to the
physical to spankings only as a
Try td awaken the child's con
science first. Then appeal to self
respect and the affections. Then
deny iu something it wants or 90m- "
pel it to do something distasteful.
Finally, if all these appeals fail,
corpqral punishment may be justifi
able and advisable, though it should
be seldom used.
All discipline is only tc; teach the
child to govern itself.
(Fourth Lesson Tomorrow.)
ODD, ISN'T IT!
Canton", O. Adam JBhriver, 92,
was buried In a walnut coffinihe him-
self made more1 than 30 years aga"