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The Boys' Room."--to Mothers

The Boys' Room."--to Mothers image
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A írieiid recently took me through her childrens' apartments. First,wewere shown the "girl's rocm," a pleasunt buck chamber iu the.upright part of tho house. A ncat rag-carpet covered the Hoor, the beds were furnislied with pretty patch-work quilts, while wash-stand, mirror, aud cliairs completed the furuiture. Ifc looked quite inviting, though vaseB of flowers, piotures and books would havo inereased its attractivenees. Then my friend led me through to the " boys' room' whioh was in the wiug. " Quito a contra8t," was my mental coirment as we entered the low, uncarpeted apartnient - no mirror, no bath: iog conveniences, nothing savo two beds with faded quilte, UDpresentable elsewhere, and one chair for threo boys. And this is not a solitary, exceptional case. Aluiost universally auiong. farmers, (indeed amoug families generally,) little or mthing is done to ronder boys' rooms pleasaut and attracttve to tliem. Truc, they spcud few waking houra thero, but oven going in and out of a ploasant, tidy room every day, has a great influenco upon the cbaracter. Boys aro more careful not to litter a carpet than a floor, thereforo a carpot will tend to cultívate in them order and neatness. They will havo moro solí respect and bo ) moro roepectlul to each othcr, if' they come down in tho morning with hairneatly brushed and clean teeth than with sleepy, unwashed oyes, and hair a la porcupine, thereforo furnish their room with toilet appliances. Mothers, buy some pretty prints to hang in their room ; give them a table with a neat cover, at least a chair each, and in summer, it will be trifling trouble to cut a fresh glass oí ílovvers every two or three diiys. The boys may scarcely eeem to notiee these things, but tboy have their good influeace. Almost imperceptibly the surroundngs, modify the character. 1 doubt not the influence, from early years to maturity, of a pleasant room with a few well-ehosen books and piclures, would be more beneficial - would tond moro to ennoblo, to cultívate both intellect and moral nature, than tho year or two of " schooling" at an academy, which farmers are so generally ambitieus to ive their sons. People think too little of the daily and hourly cducators oí children. The house, the flower garden, tho yard, the fnmily paper, the intímate friend, are all teachers; tako care, mothers, that tho teachers le pure, true, anuobliüg. Ajih.ik Pettit. SZ3T Why is love like a duck's foot ? Because it often lies hiJden in the roast.


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