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Unformatted text preview: aving home to do these very things. Everywhere mothers wonder why daughters like short skirts,
powder and perhaps rouge, when they were brought up on the corset, crinoline and the bustle; and they rebel
against the indictment passed out broadcast by their children. "You are old-fashioned; this is the year 1921."
When children grow up, their wills clash with their parents', even in the sweetest, and most loving of homes.
Behind many a girl's anxiety to marry is the desire for the unobstructed exercise of her will. Parents too often
seek in their children a continuation of their own peculiarities, their own characters and ideals, forgetting that
the continuity of the generations is true only in a biological sense, but in no other way. And children grown to
strength, power and intelligence think that each person must seek his experiences himself and forget that true
wisdom lies in what is accepted by all the generations.
Just as we have the types of husbands and the types of wives, so we judge men and women by the wisdom,
dignity and faithfulness of their parenthood; so we judge them by the kind of children they are to their parents.
In this last we have a point in character of great importance and one upon which the followers of Freud have
The effect of too affectionate a home training, too assertive parenthood, is to dwarf the individuality of the
child and make him a sort of parasite, out of contact with his contemporaries, seclusive and odd. There is a
certain brand of goody-goody boy, brought up tied to his mother's apron strings, who has lost the essential
capacities of mixing with varied types of boys and girls, who is sensitive, shy and retiring, or who is naively
boorish and unschooled in tact. According to some psychiatrists this kind of training breeds the mental disease
known as Dementia Praecox, but I seriously doubt it. One often finds that the goody-goody boy of fifteen
becomes the college fullback at twenty,--that is, once thrown on the world, the really normal get back their
birthright of ch...
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- Spring '11