Raising Up the Children in the Way They Should Go.

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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If the children only saw their parents for brief periods a day in aristocratic households– and sometimes didn’t see them for months– then one must assume that the children took their attitude towards others from the nannies. These were not Mary Poppins, The letters of one family disclose that a 2 or 3 year old boy died while the parents were away and the nanny arranged for the funeral and saw to the child’s burial. One letter from the mother to the nanny told her to remind the older boys to always live good lives because one didn’t know when one might died.


And again I am reminded that I would need to have money and servants if I had to live in Regency times. I could have been a nurse or nanny I suppose as I do love babies and small children and would enjoy playing and reading with them as I did with my own.
However a governess? Not so much! I’m useless at geography,
etiquette? Well I can hold my little finger out while drinking tea – does that count?
Singing? I do sing along in my car and am really good (although my daughter might just disagree and won’t allow me to play anything I might know!?)
Dancing? We did have to learn ballroom dancing when I was at the Grammar School but that was in the sixties and I may have forgotten it now ?.
Needlework? I can sew a button on and mend a hem if necessary and used to do tapestry?
Painting? I could just about manage a ‘paint by numbers’
Music? Not so much
So all in all maybe not.
Great post. Thank you Sharon

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