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Parenting in England 1760-1830Emotion, Identity, and Generation$
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Joanne Bailey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565191.001.0001

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Changing Relationships

Changing Relationships

(p.222) 9 Changing Relationships
Parenting in England 1760-1830

Joanne Bailey

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that parent‐child relationships were fluid in response to life‐course events, notably age and youth, marriage and family, adversity and crisis, and death and memory. The aging process, especially its transition points from childhood to youth, youth to maturity, and maturity to old age was important. As parents aged, they became dependant which could transform parenting. The making of marriage gave parents different roles in their offsprings' lives and also created parent‐child‐in‐law relationships. Illness and indisposition were major factors in temporarily and permanently shaping experiences of parenting. It was death that most harshly reconfigured parent‐child relationships. For younger children it introduced step‐parents into family life, often a source of tension. Parenting continued to evolve and have meaning when a child or parent died. These emotional relationships continued long after their decease.

Keywords:   parent‐child relationships, parents‐in‐law, step‐parents, transition, life‐course, age, marriage, illness, death, memory

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