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4.0 out of 5 stars family life throughout the years, 18 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Love to the Little Ones: The Trials and Triumphs of Parents Through the Ages in Letters, Diaries, Memoirs and Essays (Hardcover)
What parent hasn't given advice to their children, chastised them, encouraged them, consoled them? This has been done through the ages, and undoubtedly will continue for unknown time to come. Often it may be difficult to find the right words to express your thoughts or impress the young one, which is why it's both enlightening and fun to read what comments parents have made though the ages in LOVE TO THE LITTLE ONES.

Readers will be surprised to find how much they have in common with those raising families hundred of years ago. Portions of diaries, letters, essays, and memoirs are arranged chronologically beginning with pregnancy through childhood, adolescence, and adult children. Fox has focused on British parents because, as she says, "...they seem to have had a slightly different experience of family life from other English speaking countries." Thus, one finds Thomas More's last letter to his daughter and Rudyard Kipling's letters to his son.

One of my favorite selections was found in a 1683 letter Jack Verney wrote to his wife who was expecting their third child, "Everything that the Lovingest of husbands can express to the best of wives, & love to the little ones not forgetting the kicker in the dark."

Yes, of course, there have been a multitude of changes regarding the raising of children since Verney's day, perhaps most conspicuously the amount of professional help available. Nonetheless the thoughts of parents are very much the same as they face the joys and trials found in family life.

- Gail Cooke
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