Victorian Age Family

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Victorian Age Family

Life for Victorian Children in the Victorian times (1830 - 1900) was nothing like the childhood in today's world. For the wealthy there was an overwhealming sense of boredom and the constant prodding to be proper and polite with very little parent to child communication. For the poor Victorian Children life was diferent. The poor children had to work public jobs for their families to survive. Toys were homemade dolls and wooden blocks. On the other hand their family life tighter knit and more loving. Wealthy Victorian Children were spoiled and had a much better life than poor children. Most children were raised by a nanny who would teach the child what was proper and what was not. Wealthy Victorian Children rarely communicated except for specified times. Poor Victorian Children were living in these tight quarters cause the family to be much closer. Without a nanny the parent raised the parents children and were the guiding force in their lifes. This did not always meant that it was a more loving enviorement. Since a large part of poor children had to work public jobs to help support their families, many parents thought of children as income. Many poor parents had 10 to 12 children for this reason alone.

Victorian Children

Families in the Victorian Age

The Victorians liked to have their social classes clearly defined. The working class was divided into three layers, the lowest being "working men" or labourers, then the "intelligent artisian", and above him the "educated working man". In reality, things were not so tidily demarcated. After work if a man had enough initiative and energy after a long working day, he could attend evening courses on scientific subjects or Latin or shorthand at a Mechanic's Institution, or at one of the Working Men's Colleges founded in 1854. Newspaper such as "Penny Newsman" were affordable, often shared between friends.

Adults in the Victorian Age

In the Victorian era, families were usually large. Many families has five to six children. Each member of the family had their own role and children were thought to "know their place" and "be seen not heard". They always called their father "sir". All households except the very poorest had servants to do their everyday work. Religion was vey important for the Victorians. A great number of people went to church, at least once or twice, every Sunday.


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