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Kid's life 100 years ago.

Life for girls was BORING! When they grew up, girls had to choose between getting married, becoming a teacher or a nurse.

CHORES CHORES AND MORE CHORES

Children had to work before school and after school. They did everything: milking the cows, pumping water (there were no taps), storing food in the cellar for winter, spinning, knitting and much more.

A COLD AND SCARY TRIP TO THE WASHROOM

All toilets were outdoors! And forget outdoor lighting, they didn't even have electric lights inside. Most homes had gas lamps, but at New Moon Aunt Elizabeth would only allow candles.

FORGET DETENTIONS - A BEATING WILL DO NICELY!

(Yeah, right.)

Although all children were required to go to school, those in farming areas often missed class to help their parents on the farm. One-room schoolhouses were the norm on Prince Edward Island, and children usually walked for miles to get there. Because they had no food for lunch, the teacher would boil up a pot of oatmeal for the hungry students. Unbelievably, harsh beatings were common for both boys and girls.

DID KIDS HAVE ANY FUN?

Yes, despite all those chores, long walks to school and severe punishment, children enjoyed many of the things you enjoy today. They liked to fish, play games in the woods, do arts and crafts (using fish bones, twigs and stones), and put on plays and concerts.
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Publication:Kidsworld Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 1997
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