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Strengthen the power of initiative in your child

Heart of Dakota Charlotte Mason Moment - photo of a heart pendant made of red stained glass. It hangs in the center of the picture against a backdrop of frost-dusted leaves.
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A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The constraining power [of the parent] should be present, but passive, so that the child may not feel himself hemmed in without choice. That free-will of man which has for ages exercised faithful souls who would prefer to be compelled into all righteousness and obedience, is after all a pattern for parents. The child who is good because he must be so, loses in power of initiative more than he gains in seemly behavior. Every time a child feels that he chooses to obey of his own accord, his power of initiative is strengthened.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3, p. 31)

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