I don't mean to be judgmental.
I realize back in 1922 it was a different era.
And I hold to my belief, that most people are
just doing the best they know how.
My maternal Grandma, was nearly obsessed with fairness.
If she gave one grandchild something,
then she was sure to give us all something of equal value.
Well I understand now where she was coming from after reading her father's Will !
Grandma did not talk much about her childhood,
but she did say she wanted better for her children,
so I knew there were issues.
However, one time she actually told me
her Mom would introduce her to people as her "homely daughter"
and her sister as "the beautiful daughter."
How sad is that.
Looking at the picture below you can see it wasn't even true.My Grandma on the left with her sister Gladys.
So my Grandma was determined to parent differently. She said she watched other families, and also read much about parenting. I would love to know what parenting books she read in 1920!
A few months back I found my Great Grandfather's Will on my distant cousin Travis's blog. It sure gave me a glimpse of favoring one child in the family.Was that common back then? I don't know.
And please know, I am not trying to hurt my Great Grandparents name here. My Mom use to say that they probably just parented the way they were parented.
Instead, what I am meaning to do, is honor my Grandmother
for having the courage to change generations.
She succeeded. Just one determined woman made life better for all of us who were yet to be born.
Afterall, she raised my mother, the greatest woman I've ever known. (My Mom would be 82 tomorrow !!)
Go here to see my Great Grandpa's will.
It's old and hard to see so look for the translation directly underneath it.
I just googled parenting in 1920 and found this shocking (to me) quote from a most popular parenting book back then.