Don'ts For Mothers


This book is filled with briefly-worded suggestions on how to raise children in the 19th century. It gives new meaning to the saying "old wives tales."

Example: "Don't kiss your infant on the mouth Diphtheria, tuberculosis and syphilis have often been communicated in this manner. Infants ought never to be kissed except on the forehead, and even that should be seldom permitted."

With just a few words, you can get a real sense of child rearing 150 years ago. And, as many of these motherly suggestions have proven false, there is undeniable entertainment here, which is why we keep a copy in the powder room.