Good little girls ought not to make mouths at their teachers for
every trifling offense. This kind of retaliation should only be
resorted to under peculiarly aggravating circumstances.
If you have nothing but a rag doll stuffed with saw-dust, while
one of your more fortunate little playmates has a costly china
one, you should treat her with a show of kindness, nevertheless.
And you ought not to attempt to make a forcible swap with her
unless your conscience would justify you in it, and you know you
are able to do it.
You ought never to take your little brother's "chawing-gum" away
from him by main force; it is better to rope him in with the
promise of the first two dollars and a half you find floating
down the river on a grindstone. In the artless simplicity natural
to his time of life, he will regard it as a perfectly fair
transaction. In all ages of the world this eminently plausible
fiction has lured the obtuse infant to financial ruin and
If at any time you find it necessary to correct your brother, do
not correct him with mud never on any account throw mud at
him, because it will soil his clothes. It is better to scald him
a little; for then you attain two desirable results you secure
his immediate attention to the lesson you are inculcating, and,
at the same time, your hot water will have a tendency to remove
impurities from his person and possibly the skin also, in
If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that
you won't. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you
will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the
matter according to the dictates of your better judgment.
You should ever bear in mind that it is to your kind parents that
you are indebted for your food and your nice bed and your
beautiful clothes, and for the privilege of staying home from
school when you let on that you are sick. Therefore you ought to
respect their little prejudices and humor their little whims and
put up with their little foibles, until they get to crowding you
Good little girls should always show marked deference for the
aged. You ought never to "sass" old people unless they "sass"