make things make themselves

A thought on transitioning children to initiative from a delightful old book (1910) Mother Carey’s Chickens, by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This quote is taken from a conversation between mother and oldest daughter:

“People fancy that I make things, my little dear,” says Mother Carey, “But I sit here and make them make themselves . . . Any one can make things if he will take time and trouble enough, but it is not every one who can make things make themselves.”

“Make things make themselves!” Mother Carey used to think in the twilight. “I suppose that’s what mothers are for!” (p. 111)

Susan’s journal, 6/11/16


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