The Parents' Review

A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture

Edited by Charlotte Mason.

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Notes and Queries.

Volume 2, 1891/92, pg. 876

I shall bear it in mind all the day long--all the holiday through--for it may be true possibly of us. I cannot tell--our home is full from corner to corner of love--beginning with father, who by instinct (not on theory) has always so absolutely insisted that everyone begins the day by realising the bond which unites us all. But still there may be corners not full enough and over-brimming; they shall be well watched and carefully tended, for fear of the very suggestion of famine. But on the famine that does exist. How well I know it. It is the key to the whole position, the maggot that eats out the very heart of life almost before it is grown into life--and leaves its mark irrevocably--never to be healed. And the cause I suppose is quite as often selfishness as ignorance. Motherhood wants a perfect ocean of unselfishness born in with the birth pains, and growing day by day. --AMO.

[From letter on "Parents and Children" in December number.]


1. Mrs. Alfred Priestman offers "a Prize of One Guinea for an Essay (1,200 words) on the best means of encouraging in children kindness to animals, with suggestions as to books or magazines bearing on the same subject."

2. Mrs. Francis Steinthal offers a Prize of Half-a-Guinea for the best list of historical novels and tales given in chronological order. Regard should be had to the literary quality of the novels named.

Both competitions to be sent to the Editor, care of Publishers, by the last day of January.

Typed October 2013; Proofread Nov 2023 by LNL