Parents as educators

The education of children does not begin with nursery school, kindergarten, or first grade. Stressing the significance of early development and direction, a recent article comments, " . . . the mind of the child, in the very first years, even months, of life, is the crucible in which many of his deepest values are formed." Kathleen McAuliffe, "Making of a Mind," OMNI, October 1985, p. 62 .

Teaching babies to recognize people and objects, to form their first words, to take their first steps, to feed and dress themselves, requires deliberate education. But whoever "mothers" a child educates that child just as certainly by example as by direct effort.

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