The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Very few know or think about this question of what a great influence a nurse or a governess has upon a growing child. It is the nurse's faculties which develop in the child unknowingly. And in the artificial life of today the parents, who neglect their children so much that they give them entirely into the hands of another person, do not know of what they deprive the child. They deprive the child of the influence of its own parents, which would perhaps be more advisable, although no doubt in some cases the influence of the governess is better than the influence of the parents. Nevertheless, the child receives impressions and reflections deeply when it is an impression which has first fallen upon it in its infancy, whether it came from its foster-mother, or was gained from the nurse or a governess who has taken care of it.