Few realize the effect of mild, firm manner, even in the care of an infant. The fretful, impatient mother or nurse creates peevishness in the child in her arms, whereas a gentle manner tends to quiet the nerves of the little ones. Pacific Health Journal, January 1890.
Teach With Kindness and Affection.
It is the special work of fathers and mothers to teach their children with kindness and affection. They are to show that as parents they are the ones to hold the lines, to govern, and not be governed by their children. They are to teach that obedience is required of them. Letter 104, 1897.
The restless spirit naturally inclines to mischief; the active mind, if left unoccupied with better things, will give heed to that which Satan will suggest. The children need...to be instructed, to be guided in safe paths, to be kept from vice, to be won by kindness, and be confirmed in well-doing. Letter 28, 1890.
Fathers and mothers, you have a solemn work to do. The eternal salvation of your children depends on your course of action. How will you successfully educate your children? Not by scolding, for it will do no good. Talk to your children as if you had confidence in their intelligence. Deal with them kindly, tenderly, lovingly. Tell them what God would have them do. Tell them that God would have them educated and trained to be laborers together with Him. When you act your part, you can trust the Lord to act His part. Manuscript 33, 1909.