Gentle Measures

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Anza Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Education - 248 pages
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Jacob Abbott, highly respected educator and social activist, wrote over 200 works for and about children. Yet this amazing oeuvre has been almost entirely forgotten. His most important work, Gentle Measures, originally published in 1871, became one of the most widely-read books on parenting. This wonderful volume, out of print for many years, is now available in a new edition. It brings Abbott's insight and sympathetic consideration once again to the public, and sheds light on long-misunderstood aspects of "Victorian" child-rearing. Abbott's historical "location" assures us of a fresh view. His great intellect, his careful measured tones, his humanitarian concern, all come through to us today across the divide of time. Indeed, this book is part of a large store of undervalued American literature, that still has much to say to the present generation. Written by an outstanding observer of human nature, this work will give parents and teachers a new perspective on the interactions between adults and children.
 

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Contents

Three Modes of Management
1
What Are Gentle Measures?
5
There Must Be Authority
13
Gentle Punishment of Disobedience
25
The Philosophy of Punishment
39
Rewarding Obedience
54
The Art of Training
65
Methods Exemplified
72
The Activity of Children
125
Imagination in Children
140
Truth and Falsehood
154
Judgment and Reasoning
164
Wishes and Requests
175
Childrens Questions
183
The Use of Money
193
Corporal Punishment
204

Della and the Dolls
79
I The Child with the Parent
83
II The Parent with the Child
91
Commendation and Encouragement
100
Faults of Immaturity
113
Gratitude in Children
213
Religious Training
223
Conclusion
237
Index
241
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