Parenting Lessons in The Secret Garden

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[Editor's note: I first read The Secret Garden as an adult but I love re-reading books at different times of my life because I take different things from them -- a person who reads it as a child can take something different from The Secret Garden as a mother. I especially love that more than 100 years after the book was first published we're still talking about it and learning from it.]

Perennial Parenting Wisdom in The Secret Garden

I just finished reading The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the tale of 10 year-old Mary Lennox and her cousin Colin who live in a drafty old castle in England. Mary is the quintessential spoiled child, and Colin is bedridden, believing he is going to die. In discovering and tending to the secret garden, Mary develops into a compassionate child, and Colin’s mind and body are healed.

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When I read The Secret Garden as a child, I loved the idea of the children running free with little adult supervision, their pact of secrecy, and the element of magic. But everything I observe nowadays is through the lens of motherhood, so what I gleaned from this novel was insight into raising happy, healthy children.

So here are 4 keys to motherhood I've learned from the Secret Garden (or at least a few things I’ve been mulling over lately).

Want to know what Andrea identified as four parenting lessons from The Secret Garden? Click over to read the whole post on Mom-enclature.

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