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The era that was seventeenth century colonial America was very different fromtodays times The society that existed at that time had very different views on life andhow it should occur The daily routines were very unlike ours even tough it may be hardto believe Even families which seem to be a non-changing faction in history were alsodistinct in size and order Thomas XIII John Demos commented that the colonial family was extended rather thannuclear False John Demos who in a study of Bristol Rhode Island came up withconclusions about family life in early America that contradicted ideas previously accepted An extended family includes the core group of males which are a grandfatheradult sons and sons sons their wives and their unmarried daughters Brooks 27Demoss idea is basically this one The house in the colonial times shaped the home What he means by this is that you could not have an extended family that includedservants apprentices and other non-kinfolk in a house that measured twenty feet bytwenty feet and rose only a story and a half Even if you added another room you wouldonly have enough livable space for a nuclear family which consisted of parents andchildren This was due to the high number of children in a family The average numberwas about seven to ten Some far exceeded that others barely managed having two orthree Hawke 58-59 In the early colonial families every member had a different job The head of the family was mostly the father He presided over family prayers and worked on the family farm Mothers usually raised the children acted as midwives to other women in town and tended to household chores Walker 86Up until about the age eight boys and girls wore the same thing They only wore wool or linen dresses After a boy reached the age
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