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THE

MOTHER'S ASSISTAN

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YOUNG LADY’S FRIEND.

WILLIAM C. BROWN, EDITOR.

rs Our babes shall richest comforts bring ;
If tutored right they'll prove a spring

Whence pleasures ever rise;
We'll form their minds with studious care,
To all that's manly, good and fair,
And train them for the skies.

Dr. Nathaniel Cotton.

to When her little party of friends were somewhat fatigued, and my sister was at a loss to p Bent them with fresh amusement, she sat down in the midst of them, and spontaneously beg talking about the goodness of Jesus Christ. She touched on the most prominent events in life with such simplicity and animation of countenance, as interested all her visiters and likewise.”-Martha, by Rev. Andrew Reed.

VOL. III.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED AT NO. 1 CORNHILL.

WILLIAM WHITE, PRINTER, SPRING LANE.

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MOTHER'S ASSISTANT.

A Heart in the Right Placa,

33 To make Home Happy,

A Warning to Prosperous Tradesmen,

51 The Family Altar,

Advice to a Wire,

57 The Religious Teaching of Children,
Allvice to a Hushand,

57 The Wife, a Being to Come Home to,

A Sketch from Real Life,

73 Thoughts of a Father,

A Child's First Lessons in Falsehood, 80 Touching Sketch of Parental Sorrow,

A Mother's Thoughis,

82 Thoughts for Parents,

A Word with Mothers, (Prize Essay,) ] 45

The other's Assistant,

A Mother's Faithfulness and her Reward, 153

The Old Oaken Bucket,

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A Beautiful Picture,

178 The Irreligious Home,

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Advantages of Maternal Associations, 197 | Things Good and Bad in Family Manage-

A Delightful Reminiscence,

223 ment,

The Family School,

Beautiful Thought,

117 The Day of Small Things,

Constitution for Maternal Associations,

9

Woman,

Conversion of a Family of Skeptics,

53

Cheap Publications,

175 | Music,

14, 60, 120, 156, 204, 2:

Do Nothing in a Passion,

4 NOTICES OF BOOKS.

Domestic Joys,

269

Boston Almanac,

Daughters,

249 Dr. Chalmer's Lectures on Romans, 11

Hayward's Book of Religions,

5

Eloquent Ples for the Poor,

10 Holloway's First Lessons in Vocal Music,

Effect of Music on Henlih,

36 Life of Washington, 36, 59, 84, 118, 14

Encouragement to Pious Wives,

83

189, 203,

Essentials to Right Government, (Prize Life and Writings of E, P. Mason, 5

Essay,)

193

Lucilla,

5

Early Rising-Occupations,

201 Lahor Saving Grammar,

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Mary L. Duncan,

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Frequency of Nursing,

11 Marco Paul's Travels,

11

Works of Usefulness, or Reminiscences
Husbands and Wives,

32
of Mrs. Margaret Prior,

27

Home,

169 Parental Influence,

8

How to make Home Pleasant to Children, 217 Scripture Prints,

15.

The Golden Vase,

3

Influence of a Man's Wife on his Character The Mother's Medical Guide,

58

and Destiny,

151 The Karen Apostle,

84

Instruction of Children,

196

The Massachusetts Register,

84

Influence of Kindness,

222 The Marriage Ring,

11

The Young Disciple,

119

Letter from a Mother,

176 The Boys and Girls' Magazino,

119

The Cousin Lucy Books,

119

Means of Warding off Colds,

52 The Contest and the Armor,

155

Maternal Association of N. Wilbraham,

77 The Pictorial Bible, 155, 203,251, 272

My Early Home, (Prize Essay:)

97
Molancholy Event,

154 POETRY.
Mothers can do Great Things,
227 Babes Buried in One Grave,

228
Death of the Young,

268
Nev, Dan Ari, &c.,
5 "Give me Wings,"

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Napoleon's Account of his Mother, 154 “Golden-tressed Adelaide,"

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Light,

223
Parental Partiality,
8 Marianne and Maria,

14
Parental (..frnce,
32 My Little Boy,

118
Patient Little Jane,
78 Morning,

152

Prayer,

116 Second Childhood,

112

Thoughts of Bereaved Parents,

28

Rewards and Punishments,

29 The Father to his Family,

56

Remarkable Conversion of an Infidel, 49 The Blind Boy,

57

Rules for Conjugaland Donjestic Happi.

To the Angel Child of Mount Auburn, 76

ness,

115 - The Omnipresent God,"

120

The Widow's Mite,

156

Sun's schools

35 To Seneca Lake,

174

Something for Ilustands and Wives,

The Silent Pleader,

179

The Summer Leaf,

204

There is 90 Schog'lika ihe Family School,

1 To a Religious Pair,

249

"The Woodman's Daughter,

7 The Fading Leaf,

252

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A Fragment,

41

The Choice,

205

A Vision,

85

The Revenge,

214

A Sister's Influence,

90 The Scotchman's Advice to his Daughter, 216

A Daughter's Love,
160 The Domestic Angels,

233
A Temperance Girl,
210 Touching Story,

238
Affectionate Letter,

282
The Duel,

253

Beautiful Exhortation,

64 Westminster Court of Requests,

127

Beauty and Power of Frankness,

129

Burns and his Highland Mary,

135

Music,

48, 96, 144, 192, 240, 284

Beautiful Experiment,

260

NOTICES OF BOOKS.

Confidence,

42

Lessons on the Book of Proverbs, 143

Cleanliness,

47

The Lost Sister of Wyoming,

47

Cultivation of the Female Mind,

273

The School and the School-master, 143

Ellen, or the visit of the Rod,

283

Duty of the Christian to Cultivate the la-

tellect, (Prize Essay,)

POETRY.

A Parting Tribute,

89

Ellen, or the visit of the Rod,

239
A Wise Choice,

131
Female Teachers,

17

Broken Ties,
Filial Reverence,
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Birds,

Female Culture,

213
Flirting,

235
Female Influence and Energy,

276
“ Come Dearest,”

94
Female Ornaments,

279
Females in Europe,

280
Evening Thoughts,

211

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[Written for the Mother's Assistant.]
THERE IS NO SCHOOL LIKE THE FAMILY SCHOOL.*

BY DR. WILLIAM A. ALCOTT.

THERE is no school like the Family School. This declaration is in strict accordance with truth, whether the comparison be made with reference to comfort and health, the instruments or character of its instruction, or the moral influence which it exerts.

Frequent complaint has been made, within a few years, with regard to our school-rooms, especially those of the primary or common school. The seats are said to be often too high, the backs of the pupils without support, or the desks or tables inconvenient or intolerable. But in the family school, we find not only the comfortable chair, adapted to the size and height of the occupant, but, in some instances, the luxurious sofa and ottoman.

Some of our schools are crowded almost to/suffocation with pupils, while they are but poorly supplied with teachers. Sixty, eighty, or a hundred of the former to one of the latter, and only a single room, of moderate size, are quite common. With the family school

, of course, it is otherwise. The number of pupils is never large; and there are, from the nature of the case, usually two teachers.

Not a few of our school-rooms are as destitute of furniture, properly so called, as a barn. A fireplace, or more frequently, in these days, a closed stove, with a few dull benches and desks, and a tolerable supply of books, slates, and writing-books, are nearly all. But it is otherwise in the family school-room. It has seldom the naked floor or wall. The monotony of the latter is at least broken

* See frontispiece.

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