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Sunday, April 10, 2011


A new book How to Crack an Egg with One Hand by Francesca Beauman collects some unorthodox words of wisdom for parents.

In 1861, Mrs Beeton issued instructions that breastfeeding mums should knock back two pints of stout a day.

William Cobbette suggested that parents should sing loudly while they give their infants an ice cold bath for an hour every day.

Others might prefer the approach of the renowned philosopher John Locke. He said it was possible to increase the strength of a newborn by holding slices of steak next to its bottom and pouring wine over its head.

1 comment:

ADP said...

That's because back then it was a lot healthier to drink beer. There were a lot of the B vitamins in it unlike today and it was well known that drinking beer would increase your milk.

Interestingly, I am reading a book now called "Sugar Blues" by William Duffy and he talks about that very thing, how when they made any kind of alcohol, or really anything including bread and meat no sugar was added. It was considered cheating to add sugar and in 1816, it became illegal for brewers to even possess sugar or molasses. Because they found that when sugar was added to things, they got sick.