Childhood And Adolescence During The Middle Ages

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History has demonstrated that an evolution occurs with the aging of society. One such evolution is the treatment of children. The concept of parens partriae was influenced by the exesting concepts of childhood and adolescence during the Middle Ages. It experienced its first major evolution, judging the 1960s, and has seen a further evolution in modern times. The following essay discuses those evolutions, and evaluates if they are for the better, or worse. According to dictionary.com definition of Parens Patriae is the government, or any other authority, regarded as the legal protector of citizens unable to protect themselves. Parens Patriae is Latin for "parent of his or her country." It refers to the state’s ability to act in the capacity of guardian for those who have the inability to care for themselves. Examples of Parens Patriae are disabled individuals and children. However, there has not always been protection for children. The middle Ages, was significantly different for children, then it is at present. During the middle ages, the first relationship that children experienced were within their immediate families. Like today, children lived with their parents and siblings. However, because people dies younger, from disease, children were also know to live with their extended families, such as aunts or uncles. Grandparents were disclosed, as most grandparents would have died before most children were born. According to “In Europe, during the Middle Ages (roughly

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