Previously I introduced you to the 1870 advice book The Physical Life of Woman. In it, Dr. George H. Napheys shared advice for “the maiden, wife and mother” that proved indispensable for ladies of his day. His advice on dating, love, marriage and divorce proved quite entertaining to read thanks to the fact that though much of it is laughably outdated, a lot of it still holds true and was advanced for its time.
Dr. Napheys’s advice on pregnancy and nursing is – on the other hand – totally insane (see below), but much of his child rearing advice still applies. I especially love his take on child discipline. Enjoy:
On a mother's influence over what the baby looks like
A lady in the third month of her pregnancy was very much horrified by her husband being brought home one evening with a severe wound of the face, from which the blood was streaming. The shock to her was so great that she fainted, and subsequently had a hysterical attack, during which she was under Dr. Hammond's care. Soon after her recovery she told him that she was afraid her child would be affected in some way, and that even then she could not get rid of the impression the sight of her husband's bloody face had made upon her. In due time the child, a girl, was born. She had a dark red mark upon the face, corresponding in situation and extent with that which had been upon her father's face. She also proved to be idiotic.
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