I am reading An Edwardian Childhood by Jane Pettigrew. In this charmingly illustrated book, Pettigrew recounts what it was like to be a child growing up in an Edwardian Era home where there was sufficient income to hire a nanny. One of my favorite passages was "Nursery Philosophy," that included favorite sayings of Nanny, some of which have been around for hundreds of years: "Save your breath to cool your porridge," which appears in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, or "Eating toast crusts makes your hair curl, so eat them up," a wisdom shared when I was growing up. (It'd didn't work.) Here are a few others:
On taking medicine: "Upsie daisy, hold your nose, swallow hard and down she goes!"
Eating habits: "Wicked waste brings woeful want" and "Scrape the pattern off the plate."
Table manners: "Sit up straight at the table so there's room for a mouse at the front and a cat at the back."
Bedtime: "The sandman's on the way" and "The longer you sleep, the longer you'll grow." (Turns out that one is true.)
I don't know if children still believe in a sandman, but I did, and I was told to "clean my plate" as their were starving children in China. My mother was always telling her six daughters to stand up straight, shoulders back. But the one Mom mentioned most often, and which I frequently say, is "Many hands make light work." Do you have any family sayings that you have passed along to your children? I would be interested in reading them.