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.