Kids are always kids no matter what irrespective of time. Supporting this, a 500 year old book has been found in Britain that advices kids not to pick their noses and burp loudly, which is applicable even now.
Parenting apart from handling kids also involves constantly reminding the kids not to pick their noses and burp loudly. It seems like the fifteenth century mom and dads faced the same battle to keep their tykes (kids) well mannered.
500-year-old ‘Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke’ (Little Children’s Little Book), has been digitized for the first time by a new British Library site that explores the history and diversity of children’s books.
This book is seen to have taught proper etiquette to children of families aspiring to live like royals and nobles. The Little Children’s Little Book manuscript, from around 1480, is written in Middle English, so there are lots of thines, thous and thys. But kids will be kids. They like digging out their boogers then and now.
“Pyke notte thyne errys nothyr thy nostrellys,” reads one rule. This means Don’t pick your ears or nose. “Spette not ovyr thy tabylle'” “don’t spit over your table”, reads another. “Bulle not as a bene were in thi throote, “ “Don’t burp as if you had a bean in your throat” read the other.
This kind of a behavioral guide, known as a courtesy book, was said to be common in parts of Europe between the 13th and 18th centuries.