The birth of a child in Egypt is a blessing because
sons and daughters took care of their parents in the old
age. They were ofTen referred To The “STaff of The old age.”
By the time the family is aware of the gender, the
celebrations begin. Necklaces and bracelets were bought
for the girls. The lucky number was 7 and so
Normally, seven sets of clothes, socks, hats for boys and
small scarves for the girls were given as gifts.
The family is told
about the delivery before
and once the package is
ready it is put together
with candies, gold and
silver. The baby receives
As the children grow older and become more
mature, they are given more responsibilities. When
the sons where 7 years old, the fathers trained their
sons to learn their work and profession. The girls
mostly married and stayed home to do the chores.
They also had to take care of the children and the
house. Parents loved their children and took great
care of them. The girls however couldn’t attend
school because they were needed at home to take
care of other siblings and learn housework. The
boys could attend school but many families chose
not to because they didn’t have enough money. The
fathers and mothers were usually the teachers. This
tradition goes through generation and generation.
The children have a very merry childhood. Most children
own pets such as cats because cats can eat rats and mice.
Some pets are trained to help their masters. The children also
owned many toys and games. They are placed in the person’s
tomb for them to play with in their next life. Many of the children
made their own toys with their own toymakers.
As for clothing many couldn’t
afford fancy clothing and so they just
picked and little scraps of clothing and
put I together. Hand me downs were
also very common because the families
in Egypt were very large. Although the
life growing up is very risky and
dangerous the children still manage to
have a very joyful childhood.
Although the children in Egypt were respected greatly
many of them died at birth. The infant mortality rate was
very high and records show that many of them die at the
first few days. This was because the hygiene in Egypt is
poor and so they received diseases and sicknesses.
The parents try to prevent this by
using charms and spells. Many of
the children aren’t born healthy
either because the parents didn’t
take good care of their bodies.
In Mesopotamia, children must battle to survive the
harsh environment . Children had to respect their parents
and one wrong sentence could be seen as a grave sin. Family
unity was seen as the major goal of Mesopotamia. The whole
point of getting married was to have children. And if the
couple doesn’t have children they could get divorced easily.
Boys were preferred because they could do more work in the
crops and support the family. Mesopotamian families always
had large families because the more the merrier and because
the families that were poor could have more support and less
pressure on them.
In Mesopotamia the girls would not be able to attend school
because they were needed home. They needed to take care
of younger siblings or do household chores. Sadly the
children were mostly seen as slaves since the parents didn’t
have enough time to take care of them and they wouldn’t
be fed well. The boys were however treated with much
more respect and honour because the girls were “weak” and
were useless and the boys were “strong” and helpful. The
childhood of a Mesopotamian child is very harsh but as
they go through and experience more and more things they
grow stronger. They are relied on as much as an actual
The infant mortality rate was quite high. The percentage
of children with the weight under 2.5Kg gave proof that the
children had poor health and had not received enough nutrients.
The records have been rising steadily since 1990.
Children that die at birth or
die because of a sickness or disease
are very common. Kids all over
Mesopotamia don’t receive enough
nutrients to survive because their
families couldn’t earn enough
money for the kids to have a
healthy and safe life.
Childhood and Birth
By: Elizabeth #13
A child born in Canada is a celebration. The child
is respected and is given many gifts to honour him/her.
Once the baby is born he/she may be protected by
God by having their forehead dabbed by water. A baby
born in Canada has a high percentage of being healthy.
They have a very small mortality rate. The baby is
welcomed home with the opened arms of his/her family.
There is no preferred gender because in Canada they
love the child no matter how they look, what gender
they are, or what colour they are. The birth of a child
brings joy to many in Canada.
A child’s childhood in Canada is very carefree and joyful.
Any child no matter colour or gender could attend school at no
cost until high school. A child in Canada has the right to go to
school and to have a safe and loving family. They don’t need to
stay home to learn how to cook or to learn how to grow crops.
They must go to school and receive a proper education until age
of 12. They have freedom to do whatever they want as long as
it’s not against the laws. They have many toys and games to play
with and could care less about poverty.
In Canada most of the children are born healthy and
happy because they’ve been fed well and taken good care of. The
main reason for a child to have a certain disease is because it
rules in the family. Most families that live in Canada have the
money and time to take good care of their children
It is a sickness that goes around in
the whole family and cannot be
prevented any way whatsoever.
90% of the children born in
Canada’s hospitals are to live and
not die at birth.