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Eighteen years ago a simple...

From the May 1937 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Eighteen years ago a simple statement of truth by a loving student of Christian Science led me out of darkness into light, and I should like to give earnest, grateful testimony to the fact that"to those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings"(Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, Pref., p. vii).

I was a young mother at that time, and the problems of training my two-year-old daughter seemed utterly beyond my ability to solve. I tried every means that child psychology and kindly advice from others could suggest, but always I came up against the blank wall of unruliness, willfulness, and disobedience. To mortal sense I was sincere and doing my best, but neither earnest thought nor tears seemed to help. I kept wondering what I would do in later years if a baby of two could be so ungovernable.

A friend living very close to me also had a little girl of the same age, and she would frequently stop in to see me. The difference in the two children's behavior was so marked that I was almost sorry to see her come, for I was ashamed and embarrassed. One day she found me particularly upset, and in desperation I said to her: "What on earth do you do to train your child so beautifully? What can I do with mine?" I can still hear that gentle, loving voice saying: "You can't hope to govern that baby until you govern yourself. You expect her to be naughty; you look for it always, so of course she is."