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Adolescence

    Naturevolume 100page384 (1918) | Download Citation

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    IN the adolescent mind ideas of sex and religious ideas often grow up together, and they should be correlated. While there is a wide range of individual peculiarity within the limits of the normal, there is no virtue in a child's being incurious. Careful preparation should be made by parents and teachers so as to give well-considered and honest answers to embarrassing questions. Perhaps there should be a home ceremony or an initiation, “the whole thing well thought out, the exhortation written down beforehand, every word of it.” “First-rate school teachers are more likely than second-rate parents to say the right thing to children.” “The reasonable soul and flesh is one man,” and there must be disciplining of both sides. “If I could be a young man again, I would get on without alcohol and cigarettes. … Let me, as a doctor, add a good tonic to steady the nerves of adolescence. I prescribe a full dose of the natural sciences.” “What does harm the minds of children is not our plain speaking; it is their own secret reading, gossiping, and imagining.” “And so far as adolescence is concerned—if ever there was a time when we ought to speak plainly, it is now.”

    Adolescence.

    By Stephen Paget. Pp. 59. (London: Constable and Co., Ltd., 1917.) Price 7d. net.

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