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Woman's Privilege in the Home

Woman's Privilege in the Home

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Emily Clough Peabody.

"To raise a great man you must first raise a great
Emily Clough Peabody.

"To raise a great man you must first raise a great

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 11, 2013
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Woman's Privilege in the HomeEmily Clough Peabody."To raise a great man you must first raise a greatmother.""Let us call our house-work home-work; for home-work is privilege, not drudgery."Aspects of the SubjectThe present-day qualifications of the home-maker.An ideal home-maker of the olden time (Prov.31:1-31).Fundamental principles for the health, happiness,and service of an efficient home.The care and training of children, socially; intel-lectually; spiritually; and the preparation for theirlife-work.The home and the modern city.The family budget.Problems and difficulties.General SurveyThe ancient world gives us but few glimpses of woman except as the slave of man and valued onlyas a possession to be bargained for according to hisfancy. Later, Christianity gave to motherhoodthe inspiration of perfect childhood, and elevatedboth the position and the Service of woman. To-day, the power and resppnsibility of woman is most
1 "A Fable for Home-Workers,' ' The Congregationalist.-938 Lives Worth Livingpotent, for life is manifold and woman's work iscomplex.When man ceased to think of himself as a meremember of a tribe and began to plan a home, hetook a great step in the upward path of evolution.The home rests primarily on marriage. " Marriagehas been evolved by necessity, tested by experience,and blessed by religion.' ' It has been proved tobe the best, indeed the only good solution of theproblem of the perpetuation of the race. But likeevery human institution it has in its actual existingexamples its weakness and perversions. The basisof any true home must be a relation of mutual trustand affection. As a rule, those homes are happiestwhere both the husband and the wife are of thesame nationality and religious faith, and havesimilar ideals.Family life is strengthened by the love and careof children, and, if the home develops normally,parenthood naturally follows marriage, and a littlechild is sent forth into the world to conquer or beconquered. In the words of G. Stanley Hall," There is one thing in nature fit to inspire all truemen and women with reverence and awe, and thatis the soul and body of a healthy young child.Heredity has freighted it with all the results of 
parental well- and ill-doing, and filled it withreverberations from the past more vast than sciencecan explore, and on its right development dependsWoman's Privilege in the Home 39the entire future of civilization, decades hence.Simple as childhood seems, there is nothing harderto know; and responsive as it is to every influenceabout it, there is nothing harder to guide. Todevelop childhood to Virtue, power, and truefreedom is the supreme end of education.' 'What a tremendous responsibility is parenthoodwhen considered in the light of this statement!What a great responsibility upon the mother, whois largely the determining factor in the child's life!"It is not a theory but a scientific law that themore intimately and the more variously the mother joins the child to its great multiple environmentthe more effective and manifold must be his life.It is difficult to conceive a more complicated taskthan that given to the mother. To open the capa-cities of body, mind, and spirit, so that life mayflow in upon this young soul — what greater task,what holier mission can be assigned to any humanbeing!" 1Mothers are sometimes tempted to feel that theirlives are narrow and confined. But the fact is quitethe contrary. Expressed concisely, the home-maker must be (1) a practical dietician; (2) aninstructor and inspirer of youth; (3) a competentaccountant; (4) a person of wisdom, invention,sympathy, and sound sense; (5) a wise businessmanager in securing full value for money, time, and1 J. H. Ecob, Studies in Christianity.

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