Welcome to the world, Hugo Norbert! Kudos, new Mama! Congratulations, new Grandmama!
The arrival of of a Wench grandchild sent me to my research shelves, in search of advice to new mothers.
These rules come from The New Female Instructor or Young Woman’s Guide to Domestic Happiness, first published in 1834.
Rules for the Management of Children:
1. Let a parent be particularly on his guard against his faults and weaknesses when in the bosom of his family.
2. Never make mere playthings of your children.
3. In managing a child, let a parent always have the child’s good rather than his own ease in view.
4. In correcting a fault, look to the heart rather than to the outward act.
5. Be on your guard against the little wiles and artifices which children will soon employ to obtain their ends.
6. Do all you can to secure a consistency of system in the management of children.
7. Spend much time with your children; encourage them to be free before you; and carefully study their characters.
There’s a lot of strange advice in this book but I think these are not such bad rules, even today.
What do you think?