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Preparation for Parenthood.
The ancient Greeks attached great importance to the mental, moral and
physical condition of the parents at the moment of conception, and for a
period preceding the same. The Investigations of modern scientists have
tended to corroborate the facts upon which the ancient theories were
based. Modern science teaches that the life-cells of each parent are
impressed with the condition of the respective parents, and retain this
impression until they meet and finally coalesce and combine, the
combined cell then receiving the result of the original impressions.
The best authorities on the subject claim that a reasonable time of
self-restraint and continence should be observed by the prospective
parents before the conception of the child. This contention is borne out
by the experience of the breeders of fine horses and cattle, who have
discovered that the best offspring are produced when the animals have
been restrained from sexual intercourse for a reasonable time; this
precaution being particularly observed in the case of the male parent
animal. Writers on the subject cite a number of instances to prove that
this law maintains in human as well is in animal life. It is claimed
that Sir Isaac Newton was conceived after a period of over a year of
total sexual abstinence on the part of his parents. Many other
celebrated men are said to have been conceived after an absence from
home on the part of the father, or a temporary absence from home on the
part of the mother. Many physicians are able to cite many similar cases
observed in the course of their own experience.
The prospective parents should endeavor to bring themselves up to a high
degree of physical health and well-being. The blood of the mother should
be enriched by proper nutrition, and the organs of the body should be
brought to a state of normal functioning along the lines of digestion,
assimilation, and elimination.
The minds of both parents should be exercised by reading the right kind
of books, and by paying attention to natural objects of interest. A
little change of scene will tend to awaken the powers of observation and
attention. Riddell says: "If the prospective parents will habitually
exercise the reasoning faculties and inventive powers, usually the
offspring will have a fair degree of inventive talent and originality,
even where these qualities are originally deficient in the parents. When
there is a considerable natural talent or where there are latent
inventive powers, constant training on the part of the parents will
usually give the offspring exceptional powers in this direction."
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