Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 120. Of parents fixing precepts in their childrens mindes.

This word (admonition) according to the * notation thereof, hath a particular relation to the minde, and pointeth out an in∣forming and instructing of it. It is taken either for the action of admonishing, (as Tit. 3. 10. reiect an heretickeaafter the first and second admonition) or for the b thing admonished, in which latter sense most doe here take it: yet would I not haue the for∣mer cleane excluded, for according to the full meaning of the word, I take thus much to be intended.

As parents deliuer good precepts and principles to their children,*so they must be carefull, by forcible and frequent admonitions, to fix and settle them in the minde of their children.c The Law expres∣seth as much by another metaphor which it vseth, in a directi∣on which it giueth to parents, saying, thou shalt whet or sharpen Gods Lawes vpon thy children, that is, d thou shalt teach them diligently vnto them.

The more paines is taken in this kinde, the lesse labour will be lost. That which at first is little heeded, by much vrging and pressing will for euer be held, as a naile that at one blow scarse entreth, with many blowes is knockt vp to the head.