If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the
mother is frightened and says, "My child will be sick."
The law of mortal mind and her own fears govern
her child more than the child's mind governs
itself, and they produce the very results which might
have been prevented through the opposite understanding.
Then it is believed that exposure to the contagion wrought
That mother is not a Christian Scientist, and her affections
need better guidance, who says to her child: "You
look sick," "You look tired," "You need rest," or "You
Such a mother runs to her little one, who thinks she has
hurt her face by falling on the carpet, and says, moaning
more childishly than her child, "Mamma knows you are
hurt." The better and more successful method for any
mother to adopt is to say: "Oh, never mind! You're not
hurt, so don't think you are." Presently the child forgets
all about the accident, and is at play.
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