God, so atrocious in the Old Testament, so attractive in the New–the Jekyl and Hyde of sacred romance.
– Notebook, 1904… Mark Twain
The best minds will tell you that when a man has begotten a child he is morally bound to tenderly care for it, protect it from hurt, shield it from disease, clothe it, feed it, bear with its waywardness, lay no hand upon it save in kindness and for its own good, and never in any case inflict upon it a wanton cruelty. God’s treatment of his earthly children, every day and every night, is the exact opposite of all that, yet those best minds warmly justify these crimes, condone them, excuse them, and indignantly refuse to regard them as crimes at all, when he commits them. Your country and mine is an interesting one, but there is nothing there that is half so interesting as the human mind.
– Letters from the Earth… Mark Twain
Soviet Childcare Posters 1930
Protect your child and food from flies
Weight and height of children from birth to two years old
Weigh your child every week
Every year thousands of children lose their eyesight due to small objects getting stuck in the nose, ears, and throat
I’m bored at home; I’m happy in the creche!
Correct carrying of a 3 month old baby
How to feed a child when the mother has a cough and cold; don’t allow strangers to kiss or touch your child
Bathing the eye; cleaning the nose
The proper way to cut a child’s fingernails
Sometimes, mere yikes don’t do a thing justice.