The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #35759   Message #492779
Posted By: alison
27-Jun-01 - 01:55 AM
Thread Name: BS: Women who drowned her 5 children
Subject: RE: BS: Women who drowned her 5 children
there was a difference back then Doug... people had big families... but the extended family was around to help out.....

certainly at home the relatives if not living in the same street were withing walking distance so if things were getting too much you sent the kids to their Aunt or Granny to have a break..... and because most other people ahd kids too there were other kids to play with and mothers to talk to..

nowadays the extended family may be nowhere near.... in my case I'm in australia, they are in Belfast.... and having only been here for a short while when I had my first... you suddenly realise just how isolated you are ...... thankfully I had a great neighbour who had her kids the same time as I had mine so we helped each other.... other people aren't so lucky......