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Shepherds Hill Homestead » Parenting, Training Our Daughters » A GIRL’S RESPONSIBILITIES TO HER FAMILY


This was discovered in a Junior High School book from 1929 – very interesting!

1.  To be on time to all meals if possible.

2.  To notify her mother if she will be detained longer than she expected to be.

3.  To help any member of the family.

4.  To care for her own room.

5.  To obey her mother and father.

6.  To be responsible for taking care of younger children.

7.  To be able to start a meal if her mother is not at home.

8.  To be cautious, so that her mother can trust her to take care of herself.

9.   To keep her mother from worrying as much as possible.

10.  To be cheerful in order to keep up the spirits of the whole family.

11.  To be trustworthy.

12.  To uphold the family honor.

13.  To make the most of the advantages available.

14.  To be cooperative.

15.  To be able to make her own decisions, but will­ing to take advice.

16.  To be able to buy economically.

17.  To enter enthusiastically into whatever she is doing.

18.   To be able to take care of her own clothing.

19.  To be able to plan and prepare a meal.

20. To wash her own stockings and underwear, to clean her own shoes, to wash and iron her own
              handkerchiefs, to plan ahead what she is to wear and to have it clean when she wants to wear it.

21.   To get home on time from school.

22.   To keep from spending money on trifles.

23.   To be able to keep her own appointments.

24.   To be able to buy a well-balanced meal for an invalid.

25. To be able to take care of any member of the family when he is ill.

26.   To be able to wash her own hair and take her baths without being told.

27.  To respect authority.

28.  To respect the privacy of other people.

29.  To look neat at all times.

30.  To keep family secrets.

31.  To refrain from being silly about clothing.

32.  To cultivate a pleasing manner.

33.  To cultivate a pleasing tone of voice.

34.  To keep out of other people’s business.

35.  To stay away from people and leave them alone when they are writing letters


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  1. Hello
    I just found your website. My family are from Alabama (Covington County and Evergreen), though we’re now settled in Northwest Florida.
    I love this post, as it gives a great perspective on a Godly young lady’s duties to grow up able to serve others, to raise a family, and to be a proper witness of GOD.
    Bless you all! If you ever get a chance, please visit my new blog- plainpathwaytohim. I’ve started it to help and be helped by other Christian ladies (or even non-Christians).

    In Christ,
    Ada Jergenson.

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Ada – sorry for the delay in responding here but our ability to edit our website was down. Paul finally was able to get it going again after months of work. I will talk to him about perhaps adding a chicken butchering page but if you have any specific questions, please let us know.

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