Mother, Father And Children: Practical Advice To Parents

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Item Code: NAE287
Author: A.Furutan
Publisher: Baha’I Publishing Trust
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788186953365
Pages: 240
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 300 gm
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About the Book

Originally published in Persian in 1960 under the title, Essays on Education, has became a widely used guide to childraising for parents in Iran. It is now being published in English for the first time.

How to train a child according to Bahá’i principles while dealing with a day-to-day problems: this is the subject of this immensely practical book. The Bahá’i reader will realize more than ever, some of the implications of the many references in the BaháI writings to child-training. The author approaches his subject with knowledge and zest, and his reader’s parents - with sympathy and with encouragement to enjoy their children, to take a moral stand, and above all, to realize that being a mother or father is an honourable activity.

About the Author

‘Ali-Akbar Furutan was born in Iran and accompanied his parents to Ishqábád, Russia, in April 1914, when he was nine years old. After his studies in the Bahá’I school in ‘Ishqábad, he taught there for four years, and then became the Principal of two schools and two kindergartens in that city. In 1926 he went to Moscow, where he took his degree at Moscow University in child psychology and education. In 1934 he was appointed Principal of the Tarbiyát School for Boys in Tihrán, and in that year was elected as member and Secretary of the first National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’Is of Iran. He served in that capacity for twenty four years. He was appointed a Hand of the Cause of God in 1951 and with three fellow Hands of the Cause and four Counsellors, he was one of those who constitute the nucleus of the International Teaching Centre at the World Centre of the BaháI Faith and sewed there till his last breath as a resident Hand of the Cause.


This Book was written from my own experience as a child psychologist working with children and their mothers. It is a practical guide for mothers and fathers, not a scholarly presentation, although scholars and educators may perhaps find ideas in it which interest them. My intention was to help parents in their daily efforts to carry out the difficult task of training a child.

In writing the book I made use of ideas gathered from a study of the Bahá’i writings, the Bible, the Qur’ãn, philosophers such as Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Darwin, and Spencer, and the educationalists and child psychologists of our own day. I have not listed all the titles, but parents who are interested will be able to find a wealth of helpful information available from bookshops and libraries.

Originally written in Persian, the book has been edited for the Western reader. I should like to express my warm thanks to the translators, Katayoon and Robert Crerar, and to Mahnaz Aflatooni, who translated the extracts from Persian Poetry. I should also like to thank the proof-readers, Ginnie Busey, Steve Eddy, Rustom Sabit, and Stephen Tomlin.


1 Six Educational Counsels 1
The Necessity of agreement between parents2
The childhood years and the force of habit6
Parents words and deeds are children's examples11
Keeping promises made to children's16
The effects of deceit on children19
2 Respect Gor Children 23
Avoid harsh treatment25
Verbal abuse, threats, and physical punishment28
The effects of frightening children35
Moderation in joking37
Overlook trivial wrongdoings40
3 Methods of Dealing With Children44
The mistake of treating children like grown-ups45
Children's Demands48
Children's as witnesses51
Children's questions56
Children's lies58
Selfishness in children62
4 Some Common Problem66
Secretive behaviour69
Jealousy and rivalry75
Dealing with tale-bearers77
Spoilt children80
Temper tantrums83
Inactive children86
5 Practical Considerations For Parents90
Height and weight94
Safeguarding children's eyesight95
Burdening children's memories96
Avoid evening visits with children102
Summer holidays and their importance for children104
Nervous children107
6 Children And Freedom116
Street corners and back alleys118
Choose good companions122
Cinema and television127
The importance of suitable books for children132
7 Fostering The Development of Children138
The responsibility of the mother141
The importance of a close relationship between parents and children142
Friendship between mothers and children145
The consequences of neglecting children's training147
Safeguarding the dignity of the mother150
Contributions of the father153
The difficult years155
Consultation with adolescents163
8 Training Children in The Spirit of Religion 164
Fear of god167
Hypocrisy and dissimulation172
Respect for parents175
9 A Well-Trained Mind180
Perception and recognition181
How he memory works184
Diseases of the memory191
Different kinds of memory193
What is a good memory194
Training and developing the memory195
Knowledge of science is helpful179
10 Moral and Social Training206
Discipline and order209
The importance of work for children213
Strengthening the conscience216
Explaining moral subjects221
Teaching children manners224
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