5 weird pieces of vintage parenting advice

These old parenting tips shine some light on what it was like to raise kids in the early 20th century

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There's a lot of weird parenting advice out there. And new or expectant mothers know that everyone — from in-laws to strangers on the street — have their own recommendations to share, whether they're invited to do so or not. Parents of the 19th and early 20th centuries had to deal with this onslaught of opinions, too. And a lot of old-timey parenting advice was really, really weird. These recommendations were made at a time when we were on the cusp of some very big discoveries, but still just a smidge off on a few things. Here are some of examples of the more outrageous ideas.

1. Pregnant women must avoid thinking about ugly people

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