Children of the Elizabethan Era by: Amanda Diffee

Children were often considered to be miniature versions of what?

Children were often considered to be miniature versions of adults.

In wealthy homes, who often raised children? Why?

In wealthy homes, mothers often raised children. This is because they loved them more and they cared more about their health and their schedule. Upper-class families did not send their children away to leave home, unlike peasant families.

What was the infant morality rate in Elizabethan England?

The morality rate in Elizabethan England was very low. Two percent of all babies died by the end of their first day of life. Five percent total died in one week, eight to nine percent died within a month, and twelve to thirteen percent died within their first year.

What were some of the most common causes of infant morality?

Some of the most common causes of infant morality were due to the Bubonic Plague, Haphazard medical care, inadequate nutrition in some cases, poor hygiene, which caused many illnesses and deaths from illnesses were extremely common.

How did families react to this?

Some parents were tyrants towards their children while others cared a lot about their children.

What was expected of children in terms of behavior?

Children were expected to be obedient and respectful. They had once survived with the difficulty of taming their rebelliousness. They were to honor their family and never talk back.

What was the punishment for misbehavior?

The parents would often be very strict towards them and at last resort they would whip them.

What was education like for children in the Elizabethan Era?

Some scholars thought that children were not protected from protected from exposure to vial language and excessive drinking. School was cold for the lower class. Children learned about religion at a very young age. It was often taught by women. People thought that the reading of stories distracted from religion and morality. This reason is due to adults remembering how stories moved and frightened them. For peasant households, girls learned needlework and boys were taught horsemanship and hunting. Around ages 5, 6, and 7, fortunate boys and girls began formal schooling.

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