A plan should be made for governing and disciplining children, and then it should be followed consistently. Unwise exceptions to the rule may be ruinous to the child's respect for authority.


1. Parents should be in agreement on fixed principle of government of their children.

I saw that there should always be a fixed principle with Christian parents to be united in the government of their children. There is a fault in this respect with some parents,--a lack of union. The fault is sometimes with the father, but oftener with the mother. The fond mother pets and indulges her children. The father's labor calls him from home often, and from the society of his children. The mother's influence tells. Her example does much toward forming the character of the children. 1T 156

2. The mind adapts itself to rules that cannot be changed or ignored.

Rules should be few and well considered; and when once made, they should be enforced. Whatever it is found impossible to change, the mind learns to recognize and adapt itself to; but the possibility of indulgence induces desire, hope, an uncertainty, an the results are restlessness, irritability, and insubordination. Ed. 290

3. "āthe possibility of indulgence induces desire, hope, and uncertainty, and the results are restlessness, irritability, and insubordination." Ed. 290-293

4. "āfirmness and decision are indispensable in the work of forming right habits, and developing noble characters." FE 59

5. Disrespect to parents should never be tolerated, and self-will should never go unrebuked.

Never should they be allowed to show their parents disrespect. Self-will should never be permitted to go unrebuked. The future well-being of the child requires kindly, loving, but firm discipline. CT 112