It's National Mother's Day, and what better time to reflect on mothers? Mothering seems to have changed from generation to generation, no matter what Dr Spock says.
I grew up during the "Children should be seen and not heard" era. Although we weren't entirely Victorian in our household, there was still a certain distance and respect that all the kids had for our parents. If we were scolded and punished _ and there was certainly quite a lot of that _ we had to grit our teeth and bear it stoically. And there was certainly no talking back to our parents.
My mother was the disciplinarian around the house, while my father was the more gregarious. My early memories of my mother were always of her doing things around the house: cooking, sewing our clothes, washing the fish tanks, overseeing construction and house repair projects (and sometimes even doing some small repair work herself).
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