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Treatment of Children


A friend of mine was thrashing his son for spending money too lavishly in buying horses and dogs. When the youth had gone, I said to the father, "Come now, did you never commit a fault, for which your father might have reproved you? Why, of course you have. Do you not now and then still commit actions for which your son would also severely reprimand you, if your positions were suddenly changed, and he became the father and you the son? Are not all men liable to make mistakes? Does not one man indulge himself in one way and another in another?" I was so struck with this man’s undue severity that I have written and told you about it, out of the affection we bear one another, so that you may never act with undue bitterness and harshness toward your son. Remember that he is a boy and that you have been a boy yourself. And in exercising your parental authority, do not forget that you are a man and the father of a man.

1 Pliny, , ix, 12.


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Chicago: "Treatment of Children," Letters in Readings in Early European History, ed. Webster, Hutton (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1926), 245. Original Sources, accessed July 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBMJFX5KQZ9YF67.

MLA: . "Treatment of Children." Letters, Vol. ix, in Readings in Early European History, edited by Webster, Hutton, Boston, Ginn and Company, 1926, page 245. Original Sources. 24 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBMJFX5KQZ9YF67.

Harvard: , 'Treatment of Children' in Letters. cited in 1926, Readings in Early European History, ed. , Ginn and Company, Boston, pp.245. Original Sources, retrieved 24 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBMJFX5KQZ9YF67.