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Childcare today sparks of that of the Victorian era Workers are paid limited wages to parent children instead of the actual parentIn the Victorian era every wealthy well-to-do family would employ a governess to educate their children In reality the governess undertook most of the parental rolesThe governess did not have the privilege of being the real mother of the child and was constantly reminded of her inferiority to the family Though the governess was usually an equal to the family in education manners and upbringing the fact that she needed a salary meant that her status was that of a humble subordinateFurthermore the behaviour of the real mother was detrimental to the development of the child She was a role model to the children yet did not teach important values and behaviours The mother spent her time undertaking leisurely activities and finding faults in the education and discipline of her child without taking any responsibility Think of legendary writer Charlotte Bront a governess In a letter to her sister Bront once mentioned that her employer expects her to do things I cannot do- to love her children and be entirely devoted to them Charlotte Bront believed that it is a parents duty to love and nurture their children Charlotte Bronte was no stranger to the plights of her class She was faced with countless parents careless in their responsibility who handed the duty onto their disdained and destitute governessIn her first novel Jane Eyre Charlotte comments on this misguidance The protagonist Jane becomes a governess to a young girl Though materially indulged Adle has been emotionally deprived because her guardian has not fulfilled his parental responsibilityJane fills this role in Adles life and wholly loves and adores her Though having a loving mother figure is beneficial for Adle this situation is not preferable for the child governess or parentIn a Victorian household the governess authority was undermined and their position is scorned The
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