Childhood in Middle Ages

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As you know, the childhood in Middle Ages could be very different that it is today. It depends heavily on what sort of status in society he or she held. For instance, the life of a noble kid was very different from the life of a peasant kid. Let’s take a look at what it would have been like to live during the Middle Ages as a child.

Family and House

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A peasant house – http://7thwithmaria.weebly.com/holman-ss/the-social-life

In medieval families, most kids lived with their father and mother and brothers and sisters. Because people died young from diseases, a lot of kids also lived with other relatives, or just with an older brother or sister, because their parents had died. Most kids never knew their grandparents, who had died before they were born.

Most people lived in small one or two room homes, and usually everyone slept in the same room. In the country, the family animals, such as a cow, may also live inside the house. It was usually dark and uncomfortable.

Education and Work

Young apprentice learned baking – en.wikipedia.org

Very few people attended school in the Middle Ages. Education for children in the Middle Ages was mostly done by word of mouth from parents to children.

Peasant children had to worked in the fields, or took care of younger brothers and sisters and even animals. Sometimes they worked for their neighbors, sometimes they worked for richer families, as servants. They were apprenticed to learn a skill like weaving or blacksmithing.

Children from rich families were given to monasteries or schools run by the church, and these children were sometimes taught to read and write Latin. The children of very rich men and women sometimes had tutors at home.

Entertainment

Of course, there was no television or video games, but there were still some things that kids of the medieval period did for fun. Both noble and peasant children enjoyed listening to stories being told aloud about many different topics such as fables, myths or legends like Robin Hood. They also liked to dance and play games together at local festival or in the field.

Children’s toys were almost always handmade by the family such as dolls, tops and blocks. Children in the Middle Ages sometimes even made their own toys out of materials found around the house.

Food and Clothing

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A basic French stew, a dish popular with both the poor and the rich alike – en.wikipedia.org

Middle Ages people did not have a lot of variety in their food. Peasant kids mostly ate bread and stew. The stew would have beans, cabbage, and other vegetables. Other foods like meat, cheese, and eggs were usually saved for special occasions or send to noble houses. Because they didn’t have fridge for preservation, fresh meat had to be eaten fast or smoked or salted. In the other hand, noble kids ate a wider variety of food including meats and sweet puddings.

Most peasant kids wore plain clothing made from heavy wool to keep them warm during the winter. The wealthy kids, however, wore much nicer clothes made from fine wool, velvet, and even silk. Boys generally wore a tunic, woolen stockings, and breeches. Girls wore a long skirt called a kirtle, an apron, woolen stockings, and a cloak.

First roller coaster in America opens

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On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. A roller coaster is an amusement park attraction that consists of a light railroad track with many tight turns and steep slopes, on which people ride in small fast open cars. This new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

Here are some tips for parents while taking children to roller coaster.

Stay positive 

The point of visiting roller coaster is not to bag the largest number of rides – it is to have a good time. And if your kids say no to it, don’t try to push them into it. You really want the entire visit to become a positive experience because it’s the best way to ensure that your kids keep wanting to come to parks. and you get your money’s worth.

Start with a smaller coaster

If your kids are inexperienced at riding roller coasters, the best way is to ride a smaller version of a coaster. Most of the  parks have a different types of roller coasters. Smaller coasters will usually have less-intense drops, no loops, and still fun.

Keep an empty stomach

Unlike other kinds of entertainment, roller coasters can make some people puke. The g-forces and the feeling of weightlessness can cause stomach trouble.  Don’t let your kids eat right before going on a coaster and make sure you go to bathroom before getting in line.

Keep your item in pocket.

Before the riding, it’s important to check yourself and your kids for anything you might lose while going very fast in an open-top roller coaster such as hats, glasses, and necklaces. It can be very difficult to retrieve these items if you lose them somewhere along the way. Remember to stow them in your pocket or give them to someone else on the ground.

Yell

People usually start shouting with fun when the carts go over big hill. Screaming in a ground can trigger the release of oxytocin which can calm you down and produce feelings of euphoria in some conditions. Make sure to let  you and your kids join them.

 

 

Kids and Western movies

Most of western movie are pretty violent and full of unsuitable things like smoking, drinking and gambling. But they can teach kids about one of most the glorious time in America.

Firstful of Dollars (1964)

The movie is rated for above 15 because of its violence. Kids should watch it with your parents or at least with their permission. This movie is worth seeing for several reasons:

  • it’s acted by Clint Eastwood, one of the greatest western actors in history. Today is also his birthday and let’s give him some best wishes
  • it’s a good example of Western time: wild and glory.
  • it was directed by Sergio Leone, a genius of storytelling, and its soundtrack was composed by Ennio Morricone, another great man.
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Clint Eastwood in Fistfull of dollars – wikipedia.org

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