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by Edgar A. Guest

It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind,
An hunger fer 'em somehow, with 'em allus on yer mind.
It don't make any differunce how rich ye get t' be,
How much yer chairs an' tables cost, how great yer luxury;
It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything.

Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' livin' in it;
Within the walls there's got t' be some babies born, and then
Right there ye've got t' bring 'em up t' women good, an' men;
And, gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn't part
With anything they ever used-- they've grown into yer heart:
The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore
Ye hoard; an' if ye could ye'd keep the thumb-marks on the door.

Ye've got t' weep t' make it home, ye've got t' sit an' sigh
An' watch beside a loved one's bed, an' know that Death is nigh;
An' in the stillness o' the night t' see Death's angel come,
An' close the eyes o' her that smiled, an' leave her sweet voice dumb.
For these are scenes that grip the heart, an' when yer tears are dried,
Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an' sanctified;
An' tuggin' at ye always are the pleasant memories
O' her that was an' is no more-- ye can't escape from these.

Ye've got to sing an' dance fer years, ye've got t' romp an' play,
An' learn t' love the things ye have by usin' 'em each day;
Even the roses round the porch must blossom year by year
Afore they 'come a part o' ye, suggestin' someone dear
Who used t' love 'em long ago, and trained 'em just t' run
The way they do, so's they would get the early mornin' sun;
Ye've got to love each brick an' stone from cellar up t' dome;
It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home.

TEDDY BEAR HUG
HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR CHILD TODAY?
This is a wonderful article by Mark H. Bonner, Jr.,
written in Nov. 1977 in a Rural magazine in Louisiana.


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TRAINING CHILDREN IN THE HOME, PAGE ONE
This is an article written by Curtis Ramey who was president of Fort Worth Christian College in 1969. He was a gospel preacher and educator, and also served as County Judge and Judge of Juvenile Court in Madison County, Alabama. Serving on the bench, he saw the havoc that results when proper training in the home is lacking. This page includes Mr. Ramey's introduction and sections 1. Teach them about God and the judgment, and 2. Teach the youngster to be proud of his heritage and lineage.
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TRAINING CHILDREN IN THE HOME, PAGE TWO
The headings on this page are: 3. Give him the gift of love; 4. Line up and live your own life in every way consistent with the ideals which you espouse and teach your children. 5. Discipline your child and do it simply and clearly. 6. Do not rush your child into adulthood by unreasonable expectations. 7. Do not scrap and fuss with the child over your authority.
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TRAINING CHILDREN IN THE HOME, PAGE THREE
This page includes: 8. Do not give the child everything his little heart desires; 9. Teach the child to think; 10. Build courage in the child; 11. Expose your child to the influence of wholesome leaders and exemplary people; 12. Correct any minor physical defects your child may have.

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TRAINING CHILDREN IN THE HOME, PAGE FOUR
On this page number 12, "Correct any minor physical defects your child may have," is continued. 13. Surround the child at home with uplifting pictures and truisms. 14. Remember that every child is different.
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TRAINING CHILDREN IN THE HOME, PAGE FIVE
"Twenty-two Steps from Eternity!" is an article written by Curtis Ramey.
These are twenty-two steps that might lead a child to the ELECTRIC CHAIR! It tells of a young man, at age 20, who sat in the death row at Tennessee State Prison with only 7 hours remaining before he took the last 22 steps to the chair. At that time, the eleventh hour, the Governor of Tennessee commuted his sentence and spared his life.
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Poems About Children

"The Heart of a Child" - "Children Learn What They Live" - "On Children"

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"Don't worry that children never listen to you;
Worry that they are always watching you.
~~~~~~~~~Robert Fulghum


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