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6 Things I Learned About Parenting from Renaissance Paintings

Besides how to spell Renaissance, I mean, because I could have sworn it started with R-E-N-N.  But, no. I love to look at Renaissance paintings—life was certainly simpler then. Well, besides the plague and all that. But everyone was painting Madonna and Baby Jesus and Adam and Eve and there was nary a Kardashian in sight. Those were the days!


Click through for 6 important life observation and parenting tips straight from the Renaissance.

  • Make Sure to Wash All Fruit 1 of 6
    Make Sure to Wash All Fruit
    I'm not sure I like where that apple has been, Eve. Also, if Adam and Eve were created, why do they have belly buttons?!
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Don’t Forget to Place the Pillow Under Your Baby’s Feet 2 of 6
    Don't Forget to Place the Pillow Under Your Baby's Feet
    This will prevent the injuries commonly associated with lack of pillows.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Don’t Worry About Supporting Your Baby’s Head! 3 of 6
    Don't Worry About Supporting Your Baby's Head!
    Even though your child can apparently sit up unassisted, you'll want to keep a pillow for his feet nearby because your lap is ... not as soft as a pillow. Also, try not to get distracted by the fact that the angels surrounding you seem to have your baby's face. Get some pillows for them too!
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Your Daughter Is Your Mini-Me! 4 of 6
    Your Daughter Is Your Mini-Me!
    And with a hairstyle like that, you couldn't possibly go wrong!
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • At Your Next Well-Baby Visit, Ask Your Doctor About Your Baby’s Thunder Thighs 5 of 6
    At Your Next Well-Baby Visit, Ask Your Doctor About Your Baby's Thunder Thighs
    Also, make sure that you and your baby are pointing in different directions. This will ensure that you each maintain your own interests!
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Before Cosmos and ‘Sex and the City,’ Girls’ Night out Involved More Music 6 of 6
    Before Cosmos and 'Sex and the City,' Girls' Night out Involved More Music
    But you had to be sure to f ind friends who looked exactly like you to make it easier for the painter to capture the scene.
    Photo Credit: Wiki

Photo source: Wiki

For more of Marinka, visit her personal blog Motherhood in NYC and The Mouthy Housewives, where she doles out advice as though it were candy. Mmm … candy. Also, follow her on Twitter, where she never refers to herself in the third person, but does have a potty mouth. Sorry!

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