“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Golden” Rules?

(Please read Proverbs 22:6)

November 3

In recent years we have seen an increasing number of extraordinary steps taken to tighten security in our schools. It’s understandable that such steps are prudent in view of the violence that has occurred at some schools, but it is also dismaying to see these further evidences of deteriorating national morality.

Most attempted “solutions” to the problem overlook the simple fact that parents must train their children how to do right. Perhaps they could benefit from some rather specific “Rules for Home Education” we found in an 1860 issue of Millennial Harbinger. Here are a few of them:

“Unite firmness with gentleness. Let your children understand that you mean exactly what you say.” “Never promise them anything unless you are sure you can give them what you promise.” “If they give way to petulance and temper, wait until they are calm, and then gently reason with them on the impropriety of their conduct.” “Remember that a little present punishment, when the occasion arises, is much more effectual than the threatening of a greater punishment should the fault be renewed.” “Teach them that self-denial, not self-indulgence, is the appointed and sure method of securing happiness.”

Maybe you won’t agree with the Harbinger that these rules “are worthy of being printed in letters of gold and being placed in a conspicuous position in every household,” but we think they deserve at least a second reading.  And perhaps they could help eradicate many of the anxieties of our age. May the Lord bless young parents as they sincerely try to live up to their awesome and sublime responsibilities.

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