The noblest and most important work we have to do is the training and teaching of the coming generation.
The successful business woman has no more difficult problem to solve than what she will do with her children.
It is a fact that the greatest successes in the business world today are those women who had to start in the battle early, and fight their way to the front.
The successful business woman usually tries to arrange matters so that her children will not require to go through the hard working school of experience she herself attended, and in this the business woman rather goes to the other extreme in that she tries to make things easy for her children.
As the twig is bent so the tree is inclined. The young mind is plastic and capable of receiving impressions, and we know that the impressions made in our youth are lasting all our days.
The problem in the country is not so difficult, for there are so many things to do about the home that the young country child usually has plenty of chores and duties to perform.
Occupation is a decided blessing and a present benefit to a child.
People in the cities have all creature comforts about the homes, transportation facilities are ample, the homes are heated by steam, stores are in abundance, people buy from day to day, and every little convenience is at hand to keep the scheme of living going along smoothly.
Because the city child is surrounded with schools and the comforts of home he has much time on his hands. The boy is active, and if his activity is not turned on useful things, it will be turned on useless things. The young boy goes to the grammar school, and the daylight hours, outside of school hours, are devoted to play. This is right and as it should be, but when the boy gets along to twelve or fourteen years of age, the parents should arrange for him some little duties, some regular task to perform. The youngster will get accustomed to this, and it is decidedly beneficial. As the boy enters the high school he finds his hours shorter and his leisure hours longer.
There is no way of teaching a child the value of money like having her work for money.
Arrange to pay your child so much an hour for the duties she performs. Have her occupation regular, talk with her about what she has done during the day, be a companion to the girl, and soon you will notice that she evinces interest in the things she is doing, and as time passes, ambition is fired in her, and when the time comes for her to enter the threshold of business she has been prepared for the work.
It is strange that while we parents realise the importance of education, we pay so little attention to the child while she is going to school. We should keep in touch with the child’s teachers and with the child herself, taking an interest in her studies. The business woman as a rule drifts apart from her children during their younger years.
A close companionship between mother and child is not only a great satisfaction and source of happiness to each of them, but is decidedly beneficial to both.
By all means have some regular occupation for your child while she is going to school. Keep in close touch with her. Explain to her the things she does not understand. Show her the great possibilities ahead of her if she does right, and the impossibility for her to succeed if she does wrong.