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Every Child Should Have A Chance - Third Edition
Every Child Should Have A Chance - Third Edition Author:Leila Daughtry-Denmark, M.D. No one is going to quarrel with the theme of Leila D. Denmark's book, as spelled out in her title. But how does one go about the job? How can one give a child a chance? — Today many parents seem to think that a "hands-off" attitude is a good part of the answer. Certainly it is the easiest course -- at least in the beginning. Just on on as if ... more »there were no compelling responsibility, and let nature have its way!
Dr. Denmark is not one to consider indulgence an import part of a prescription. The responsibility IS there; it's there from the moment of conception, all through the pre-natal months, and on until the child is able to make his own decisions intelligently. After considering the mother's regimen during pregnancy, she looks at the infant years. "From birth to two, a child wants to be held, protected, and loved. From two to six, a child wants to do it himself, and finds out the things his parents stand for and learns a way of life. From six to adolescence, children are anxious to learn. They want a leader, they ask for and take advice, they believe and admire their parents and teachers, they like to help and be helped."
Step by step, we are taken into the adolescent years. Now the problems are different. The child feels an urge to be free. Now conceptions of right and wrong have come into play and self-discipline is faced for the first time.
Throughout her book the author makes it abundantly clear that, whereas a child may be taught many things in words, the most important lessons are absorbed by what he sees. It is by their own lives that parents give children their "chance."« less