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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 07, 1913, Image 9

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"Make Her See That Liberty
Doesn't Mean License Then
Give Her All the Liberty You
Can," Says Mrs. LaFollette, in
Second Article for Day Book.
the awful dread she had of seeing
people, because her mother made
her dresses button in front, while
all other girls had their buttoned
in the back.
Children should be consulted
as to their likes and dislikes in
clothes and allowed to select
their own where it is possible.
Sometimes in the matter of color,
length, style, or ornament we
may, after discussing the subject,
yield our judgment to the girl's.
When a principle is involved,
however, like high heels or a tight
By Mrs. Robert M. LaFollette.
There are still some foolish
mothers who sacrifice their
young children's health and hap
piness to their clothes and looks.
But most women have advanced
beyond that stage. The mother
who is wise enough to clothe her
young lads in jumpers and over
alls and let them play in the sand
and make mud pies, knows that if
her girls are to have abounding
health and vitality, they too must
have the same freedom in dress
and opportunity for play.
Simplicity and ease in dress in
"early childhood is the basis of
good sense and taste in the girl's
choice of clothes later. It should
never be forgotten that next to
children's own inner souls, there
is nothing about which they are
more sensitive than what they
wear. Nor is this from vanity,
but rather from a good motive in
dress a desire not to be conspic
uous. We can hardly estimate the un
necessary suffering children un
dergo on this score. I well re
member, when not more than 6
years old, an ugly pair of shoes,
which wore interminably, but
about which I made no complaint,
because I early knew the cost of
things. I recall a neighbor girl,
more than 8, who confided to me
Mrs. Robert M. LaFollette.
waist, the mother's judgment
must control. Usually the little
fads and notions about dress that
the sweetest of girls in the'fr teens
will sometimes take on, may be
gotten around without much con
flict or irritation if in dealing
with them we just recall our own
past experience.
Children vfhy have plenty of

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