“It is certainly vain to hope that you can induce your children to fix their affections upon another world, while yours are fixed upon this one. Your example in such a case will counteract all the influence of your instructions. Unless Christian feelings animate your heart, it is folly to expect that you can instill these principles into the hearts of your children. They will imitate your example. They confide in your guidance. That little child which God has given you, and which is so happy in your affection, feels safe in cherishing those things which it sees you cherishing.
…That little child following in your footsteps is the heir of eternity. It is to survive the lapse of all coming years; to emerge from the corruptions of the grave; to expand in spiritual existence, soaring in the angel’s lofty light, or groping in the demon’s gloom. Thou, oh Mother, art its guide to immortality!” – John S. C. Abbott, The Mother at Home
“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2