Mother's Health to Be Cherished. --The strength of the mother should be
tenderly cherished. Instead of spending her precious strength in exhausting
labour, her care and burdens should be lessened. Often the husband and father is
unacquainted with the physical laws which the well-being of his family requires
him to understand. Absorbed in the struggle for a livelihood, or bent on
acquiring wealth, and pressed with cares and perplexities, he allows to rest
upon the wife and mother burdens that overtax her strength at the most critical
period and cause feebleness and disease.
It is for her own interest, and that of her family, to save herself all
unnecessary taxation and to use every means at her command to preserve life,
health, and the energies which God has given her; for she will need the vigour
of all her faculties for her great work. A portion of her time should be spent
out-of-doors, in physical exercise, that she may be invigorated to do her work
indoors with cheerfulness and thoroughness, being the light and blessing of the
Mothers to Be Advocates of Health Reform. --The will of God has been plainly
expressed to all mothers; He would have them, by precept and example, advocates
of health reform. They should plant their feet firmly upon principle, in no case
to violate the physical laws which God has implanted in their beings.
"Standing by a purpose true," with firm integrity, mothers will have
moral power and grace from Heaven to let their light shine forth to the world, both
in their own upright course and in the noble character of their children.
To Exercise Self-control in Diet. --The mother needs the most perfect
self-control; and in order to secure this, she should take all precautions
against any physical or mental disorder. Her life should be ordered according to
the laws of God and of health. As the diet materially affects the mind and
disposition, she should be very careful in that particular, eating that which is
nourishing but not stimulating, that her nerves may be calm and her temper
equable. She will then find it easier to exercise patience in dealing with the
varying tendencies of her children and to hold the reins of government firmly
To Radiate Sunshine Under All Circumstances. -- The mother can and should do
much toward controlling her nerves and mind when depressed; even when she is
sick, she can, if she only schools herself, be pleasant and cheerful and can
bear more noise than she would once have thought possible. She should not make
the children feel her infirmities and cloud their young, sensitive minds by her
depression of spirits, causing them to feel that the house is a tomb and the
mother's room the most dismal place in the world. The mind and nerves gain tone
and strength by the exercise of the will. The power of the will in many cases
will prove a potent soother of the nerves. Do not let your children see you with
a clouded brow.
To Regard the Esteem of Husband and Children. -- Sisters, when about their
work, should not put on clothing which would make them look like images to frighten the crows from the corn. It is more gratifying to their husbands and
children to see them in a becoming, well-fitting attire than it can be to mere
visitors or strangers. Some wives and mothers seem to think it is no matter how
they look when about their work and when they are seen only by their husbands
and children, but they are very particular to dress in taste for the eyes of
those who have no special claims upon them. Is not the esteem and love of
husband and children more to be prized than that of strangers or common friends?
The happiness of husband and children should be more sacred to every wife and
mother than that of all others.
Wear clothing that is becoming to you. This will increase the respect of your
children for you. See to it that they, too, are dressed in a becoming manner. Do
not allow them to fall into habits of untidiness.
Not to Be in Bondage to Public Opinion. --Too often mothers show a morbid
sensitiveness as to what others may think of their habits, dress, and opinions;
and, to a great extent, they are slaves to the thought of how others may regard
them. Is it not a sad thing that judgement-bound creatures should be controlled
more by the thought of what their neighbours will think of them than by the
thought of their obligation to God? We too often sacrifice the truth in order to
be in harmony with custom, that we may avoid ridicule. . . .
A mother cannot afford to be in bondage to opinion; for she is to train her
children for this life and for the life to come. In dress, mothers should not
seek to make a display by needless ornamentation.
To Give Lessons in Neatness and Purity. --If mothers allow themselves to wear
untidy garments at home, they are teaching their children to follow in the same slovenly way. Many mothers
think that anything is good enough for home wear, be it ever so soiled and
shabby. But they soon lose their influence in the family. The children draw
comparisons between their mother's dress and that of others who dress neatly,
and their respect for her is weakened.
Mothers, make yourselves as attractive as possible; not by elaborate
trimming, but by wearing clean, well-fitting garments. Thus you will give to
your children constant lessons in neatness and purity. The love and respect of
her children should be of the highest value to every mother. Everything upon her
person should teach cleanliness and order and should be associated in their
minds with purity. There is a sense of fitness, an idea of the appropriateness
of things, in the minds of even very young children; and how can they be
impressed with the desirability of purity and holiness when their eyes daily
rest on untidy dresses and disorderly rooms? How can the heavenly guests, whose
home is where all is pure and holy, be invited into such a dwelling?
Order and cleanliness is the law of heaven; and in order to come into harmony
with the divine arrangement, it is our duty to be neat and tasty.