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A Generation of Changes in Raising Children


My mom raised four kids so she has a helpful hint for most things that have to do with bringing up children. She keeps some to herself and weaves others subtly and not so subtly into conversation. Whether she's nudging me to ask my pediatrition about supplementing my daughter's diet with vitamins or handing me a bag of children's socks (she can't stand that my kids prefer slipping their bare feet into most shoes), I know she is well intentioned.

But, times have changed since my siblings and I grew up. Lots of things are different — from carseat laws becoming more stringent to more women maintaining careers during motherhood — a generation of changes have taken place and it's hard for our mothers to help themselves from thinking that their way is and was the best way.

So I had to laugh when I read Mary Ladd's Granny Manual on The Poop which explores this issue giving examples of how her mom laid her grandson face down in the bassinet, sweetened his food and insists that he is gassy.

Is there any dated advice that your mother dishes?
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