A Mother: "The strongest educator"

A mother's life should not be just a succession of diapers and her children's demands for her attention. There is a vital role for mothers of young children to fill—one that far outweighs routine duties. It is one of the most important roles there is.

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy says, "A mother is the strongest educator, either for or against crime." Science and Health, p. 236; This role belongs not mainly to the schools, day care centers, government, probation officers, parole boards, but to mothers. Quite a thought, isn't it?

However, today's world has so downgraded the position of motherhood that for many it has connotations of limitation, restrictions, and unfulfilled, thwarted talents. Many today see women who are only full-time mothers as second-class citizens, as housewives bound to the home by demanding children and having no time or opportunity to pursue the development of their own talents.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The Parent You Can Count On
July 14, 1973

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.