Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood
Treatise on Domestic Economy
ON EARLY RISING
There is no practice, which has been more extensively eulogized, in all ages, than early rising; and this universal impression is an indication that it is founded on true philosophy. For it is rarely the case, that common sense of mankind fastens on a practice as really beneficial, especially one that demands self-denial, without some substantial reason.
This practice, which may justly be called a domestic virtue, is one which has a peculiar claim to be called American and democratic.
According to this, the practice of rising between four and five, and retiring between nine and ten, in Summer, would secure most of the sunlight. In Winter, the constitution is more tired in cold than in warm weather.
Early rising, is indispensable to the systematic and well-regulated family. At whatever hour the parents retire, children and domestics, wearied by play or labor, must retire early. Children usually awake with the dawn of light and commence their play, while domestics usually prefer the freshness of the morning for their labors. If, then, the parents rise at a late hour, they either induce a habit of protracting sleep in their children and domestics, or else the family is up, and at their pursuits, while their supervisors are in bed. Any women, who asserts that her children and domestics, in the first hours of the day, when their spirits are freshest, will be as well regulated without her presence as with it, confess that, which surly is little for her credit. It is believed that any candid women, whatever may be her excuse for late rising, will concede, that, if she could rise early, it would be for the advantage of her family. A late breakfast puts back the work, through the whole day, for every member of the family; and if the parents thus occasion the loss of an hour or two, to each individual, who but for their delay in the morning would be usefully employed, the parents, alone, are responsible for all this waste of time.
The practice of early rising has a relation to the general interest of the social community, as well as to that of each distinct family. All that great portion of the community who are employed in business and labor, find it needful to rise early.
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