A pediatrician who remembers Soviet times told how children were raised back then: today’s children probably wouldn’t endure such treatment

A pediatrician who remembers Soviet times told how children were raised back then: today’s children probably wouldn’t endure such treatment
A pediatrician who remembers Soviet times told how children were raised back then: today’s children probably wouldn’t endure such treatment

“The state interfered a lot in the family’s lifestyle. For example, kindergarten teachers could complain to parents that they were not taking care of their child as required by the party and the government. If you had a different idea about food or clothing, you could have had trouble,” recalls L. Šumskienė.

Any paternal instinct that broke out was quickly suppressed with strict prohibitions that went beyond common sense, so even the experience passed on from mother to mother could not help. “Women didn’t have long maternity leave like they do now. Just three months after giving birth, they had to go to work. Children were raised by the state, says the pediatrician. – We have two generations of mothers who didn’t really know how to breastfeed their children and how to raise them in general, because the state very actively intervened in all of this. As a result, current moms who need advice on things like how to breastfeed look to the internet and books for the information they need, because their own moms aren’t really able to help them. That natural connection was broken, when the mother passed on the necessary experience to her daughter – about feeding and raising a baby.”

In the interview, L. Šumskienė recalled the most absurd bans and rules applied at the time, according to which parents had to raise their children.

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