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The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #4: Mothering Sunday

England, 18th century “THE Word Lent in the Saxon Tongue signifies Spring, and because this Time of Fasting begins in the Spring, it therefore borrows its Name from the Season, and is called Lent. THIS Fast is of such great Antiquity, that it seems to have been used from the …


The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #2: Do NOT Swaddle Your Infant

England, ca 1740 – 1800 The days of swaddling are behind us. We are pleased to report that what one of our acquaintance termed “the barbarous custom” has been, according to a medical expert writing in The Lady’s Magazine (1785), “almost universally laid aside”. And yet, perhaps there are lingering …