I got tagged by Paxye.
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
I happened to be perusing this book yesterday. My own mother gave it to me years back. It’s “The Mother’s Book” from 1907 and 1919. Page 123 opens up to the chapter on Conduct and Character Building and Respect Adolescents Sensitivities. What’s interesting is that parts of the book are rather disconcerting and yet this particular passage I enjoyed.
Do not require the adolescent child to do anything that injures his feeling of dignity. If your child has been allowed to speak out, and he tells you that he “just can’t” do something you wanted done, better let it go. He might try to explain about it if you asked him, but the chances are he could not make you understand just why that particular thing would hurt his manly dignity so much. If you merely say, “Very well, son, if you think you can’t do that,” you will get an added hold on him. He will try much harder to do other things that he knows will please you.