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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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BY MINNA S. PARKS,
Noted Character Analyst,
(Lesson FTve.)
I doubt if a greater crime is done
a child by its parents than that of
PARENTS SHOULD CONSIDER INSTRUCTION
OF CHILDREN IN MYSTERIES OF LIFE A
SACRED DUTY SILENCE IS CRIME
The result is often arrested or
stunted development in girls and ab
normal or over-indulgence in boys
as they grow older. Both extremes"
are deplorable" and can be corrected
only by a careful, frank education.
Mothers, if your sons don't have
the right attitude toward women
when they grow up it is largely your
fault
It is appalling how many young
stersjmder 10 years of age are ad
dicted to secret vices, largely be
cause .parents rely on natural in
stinct to carry youth through the
danger periods; because no attempt
has been made to given personal hy
giene instruction.
Fathers should take their boys out
on trips to the country where they
can be shown the story of reproduc
tion and its sacred character in all'
nature. These things should not be
kept concealed -and shrouded in
fnystery.
Fathers and mothers both should
give children instruction in sex" hy
giene and the proper expression of
the sacreck life functions. Teach
them to know and respect their
bodies.
If your own education along these
Tines is inadequate to properly in
struct your children, then by all
means equip yourselves at once. In
these days of widely scattered
knowledge in books dealing with
such problems and facts there is no
excuse for parental ignorance and its
terrible result t
All such instruction for children
should of course be kept on the high
est and purest plant and the com
mon, coarse definitions avoided. If
the parent's vocabulary is unable to
teach the child the desired lessons,
then the parent must acquire an ad
equate vocabulary.
The most immediate social nrob-
Mrs. Minna S. Parks.
remaining silent on matters of sex.
instruction.
Moral guidance cannot begin too
early, and the sooner it is begun the
easier this important task becomes.
The double standard about' which
we are beginning to complain so bit
terly, is implanted in children al
most from infaney. Girls are taught
restraint; boys indulgence.
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