Wartime Manners - The Same Old Problem with Children and Manners!

 

I have a wartime vintage magazine from 1943 and have started to share some of the fascinating titbits of advice it provided for women. I can imagine that in a time before internet and television, magazines were a trusted source of advice and support.

Here is a letter from Mrs M. A from Stratford-on-Avon.

'As a mother trying to bring my son up to have good manners, may I say that my biggest stumbling block is the impolite behaviour of adults.

How is it possible to make a child understand he must raise his cap in greeting, when so many men fail to do so, or make him see the necessity of saying 'please' and 'thank you' when grown-ups omit these courtesies in speaking to the child himself?'

 

Have you read the advice from 1890 about health and beauty?