1. Children should not go to school until six years old.
2. Should not learn at home during that time more than the alphabet,
religious teachings excepted.
3. Should be fed with plain substantial food, at a regular intervals of
not less than four hours.
4. Should not be allowed to eat anything within two hours of bedtime
5. Should have nothing for supper but
a single cup of warm drink, such as very week tea of some kind, or cambric tea
or warm milk and water, with one slice of cold bread and butter---nothing
6. Should sleep in separate bed, on hair mattresses, without caps, feet
first well warmed by the fire or rubbed with the hands until perfectly dry;
extra covering on the lower limbs, but little on the body.
7. Should be compelled to be out of doors for the greater part of
daylight from after breakfast until half an hour before sundown, unless in
damp, raw weather, when they should not be allowed to go outside the door.
8. Never limit a healthy child to sleeping or eating, except at supper;
but compel regularity to both; it is of great importance.
9. Never compel a child to sit still, nor interfere with its enjoyment,
as long as it is not actually injurious to person or property, or against good
10. Never threaten a child, it is cruel, unjust and dangerous.
What you have to do, do it, and be done with it.
11. Never speak harshly or angrily, but mildly, kindly and when really
needed, firmly--no more.
12. By all means arrange it so that the last words between you and your
children at bed time, especially the younger ones, shall be words of unmixed
loveliness and affection.
Hall's Journal of Health.