Our Parents Did What?!

Our Parents Did What?!


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Episode 32: Hospital Nurseries
April 19, 2021

Throughout visual media, there are countless examples of the big window looking over a room of newborn, swaddles babies. The hospital nursery is a sight that most people are familiar with, but has really only been around since the early 20th century.

Episode 31: Baby Wearing
April 14, 2021

If you are a 21st century mom you are probably familiar with the term baby wearing. It is very “in” right now, with wraps and carriers seen as not only functional, but also a fashion statement. Like many aspects of Western parenting,

Episode 30: Child Beauty Pageants
March 23, 2021

Few things are as quintessentially American as child beauty pageants. And it turns out, they also originated from our home state of New Jersey! In this episode, Jen takes us back to the mid 1800's to the beginning of the child beauty pageant craze.

Episode 29: Infant Inclined Sleepers
March 04, 2021

Note: Today's episode contains some sensitive content related to infant deaths.  Please use caution when listening. If you had asked me 2 years ago what an infant inclined sleeper is, I would have told you I had no idea.

Episode 28: Spit
February 06, 2021

Spit has seemingly endless examples of cultural significance throughout the world. It's with that in mind, that Jen travelled down the spit in parenting rabbit hole. At times shocking and gross (especially in our Pandemic World),

Episode 27: Presidential Kids
January 19, 2021

Growing up is hard enough when you're just a regular kid. But can you imagine growing up at the most famous address in the country, while the whole world watches? On today's episode, Diane tells us about all the Presidential kids who grew up in the W...

Episode 26: The Baby Zoo
December 30, 2020

In order to celebrate the end of this truly miserable year, we are sharing a story that is similarly upsetting. Jen presents her findings on the Dionne Quintuplets and the absolutely unbelievable series of events that befell them.

Episode 25: Christmas Toy Riots
December 15, 2020

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like an angry mob of customers fighting over a children's toy. With the advent of online shopping, crazy store riots may seem like things of the past. So let's take a trip down memory lane to the late 80s and mid-...

Episode 24: Thanksgiving Masking
November 24, 2020

If you live in America, you may be under the assumption that Halloween has always cornered the market on dressing up in costumes. But you would be wrong! From the late 1800s to the 1930s, Thanksgiving Masking was a standard way for children to celebrat...

Episode 23: Griswold v Connecticut
November 03, 2020

You may be wondering why we are talking about a Supreme Court case on a show about the history of parenting, right? Well, we have the answer! The landmark Supreme Court decision in Connecticut vs. Griswold changed family life in America forever.