dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly and Deanna: another commonality.....

As I mentioned earlier, Deanna seems not to have babysat growing up. Since she didn't need the money and had too structured a youth, the opportunity to get a handle on how small children acted most likely slipped right through her fingers. The result is that Meredith and Robin's antics are a constant source of shock. That's because any instinct to nurture seems to need practical experience as a back-up. She's struggling due to ignorance right now but she'll probably get the hang of it sooner or later, I hope. The last sentence, strangely enough, used to be used all the time when referring to young mothers. As howtheduck said, there was a time in this proud land when young women were kept ignorant of childbirth and childrearing. The theory was that they'd know soon enough anyway but shouldn't get any ideas about unauthorized contact with the opposite sex. It occurs to me that one of the things that made Marian a great-grandmother is that she kept Elly pure and occupied until she was twenty. Not only did Elly not babysit, thereby (in her parents' minds) preventing her from wanting one too early, she seems also to have had a rather strict curfew because, it seems to me, the Richards kept themselves to themselves. Homework and housework seem to have dominated Elly's teenaged years. The end result is a young woman who had no idea what small children were capable of and didn't have the patience to learn.
Tags: child rearing disasters, sheet shaver

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