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Historical Roles of Children in Society

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jasmine sheeler

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Historical Roles of Children in Society

by Jasmine Sheeler

Childhood in the 1200s
The death rate for children in this time was high. Infants were breastfed until they were two years old by their mothers unless the family was noble, in which case they were then breastfed by wet nurses. As they grew children followed there parents around while their parents did daily tasks. The girls went with their mothers and boys went with their fathers. Children were given tasks age appropriate. For example, younger children looked after their younger siblings and ran errands. Children wore outfits that were the exact replicas of the ones the adults wore.
Childhood in the 1400s
Children didn't see a lot of their parents and were looked after by nurses when they were young. When children turned seven they were sent to live with another noble family. Boys became pages who waited on lords and ladies. They also became a squire at the age fourteen and a knight at twenty one. Girls learned the skills that were necessary to run the household. In poor families children were expected to help the family earn a living as soon as they were able to.
Childhood in the 1600s
Parents made all the decisions about their child's lives. Children did work every day for most of the day and even children as young as five would be running errands or doing other little tasks. Older boys learned how to prepare the fields for planting, sow seeds, weed the fields,harvest crops, tend live stock, hunt, fish,and do woodworking. They were trained as the head of the house. Girls worked with their mothers and learned gardening, cooking, tending younger children, and sewing and mending clothes and bedding.
Childhood in the 1800s
Kids worked with adults and children ages 6 or 8 could work in a mill or factory, run errands for store keepers, apprentice to skilled craftsman and be hired out as servants. In the household boys did the cutting, splitting and carrying of firewood. They also tended farm animals, carried water to the house, put up or repaired fencing; worked in gardens, fields, or orchards; and did the hunting, trapping and fishing. Girls did the cooking, milking, collecting of eggs, churning the butter, preserving foods, cleaning, doing laundry, making candles, sewing clothes, preparing wool and flax to spin and weave. They also cared for younger siblings, helped elderly family members, and made breads and cheeses.
Childhood in the 2000's
Children now are more dependent on technology and would rather watch TV or play on the computer then go outside. There are strict rules and laws regarding how a child should be treated and children have more rights now then they did in the past. Children have a longer childhood and can choose who and when they marry. Children also dress a lot differently then they did in the past. For example, they no longer wear clothes identical to their parents clothes. Children now all go to school and get an education. They are also taken care of by their parents and not nurses like it was done in the past.
Boys were usually sent away to schools while girls stayed home to learn.
Children started doing serious work when they were between the ages of 12-14. Some work was done at home like agricultural work, but the most common thing to do was send a child away to be a servant to other people.
Childhood didn't last long for children. Girls were married at the age twelve or older and boys were married at the age fourteen or older. In upper class families the parents would arrange the marriage and in poor families you had a little more choice in who you married.
Children were sometimes allowed to play.
Children learned to read, write, and do math in one-room schools or at home.
This is some of the styles of children's clothes that are worn today.
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I was born on February 17th at 4:50 am. I was also Baptized on April 27th.
My first year of elementary school.
I made my first communion in may.
I started grade one.
I graduate from elementary school on June 23rd and start high school the following September.
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