Never touch the child unless invited by him (in
some form or the other).
ill of the child in his presence or absence.
Concentrate on strengthening and helping the development of
what is good in the child that its presence may leave less and less
space for evil.
Be active in
preparing the environment. Take meticulous and constant care of it.
Help the child establish constructive relations with it. Show the proper
place where the mean of development are kept and demonstrate their
Be ever ready to answer the
call of the child who stands in need of you and always listen and
respond to the child who appeals to you.
Respect the child who makes a mistake and can then or later
correct himself, but stop firmly and immediately any misuse of the
environment and any action which endangers the child, his development or
Respect the child who takes
rest or watches others working or ponders over what he himself has done
or will do. Neither call him nor force him to other forms of activity.
Help those who are in search of activity and
cannot find it.
in repeating presentations to the child who refused them earlier, in
helping the child acquire what is not yet his own and overcome
imperfections. Do this by animating the environment with care, with
restraint and silence, with mild words and loving presence. Make your
ready presence felt to the child who searches and hide from the child
who has found.
the child with the best of good manners and offer him the best you have
in yourself and at your disposal.