"Obedience is the offspring of Love"

There is much talk today of juvenile delinquency and the great need of training our children when they are small so that they may learn early to be good citizens. The solution for this problem, as with any conceivable human problem, may always be found in the Science of Christianity and the prayerful application of this Science to the problem at hand.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government" (p. 236). In training a child to obey, the parent should begin by disciplining himself. If he sees in his child an immature mortal who is naughty or difficult, he can turn his own thought to the spiritual reality taught in Christian Science (Gen. 1:31), "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

Surmounting the Claims of Adolescence
January 16, 1965

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