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Children in society today, as many centuries ago, are shaped by the opinions thrust forth upon them by the adults they live alongside. Experiences of most children in the 16th through 18th centuries were shaped by the differing and continuous views of the adults they were living with in their certain time periods. Adult views and their subsequent effects on children were all changing in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. In the sixteenth century …

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…children possibly damaging their organs. Discipline is still prevalent in the 18th century, though it is not of the violent sort. As in the Letter of Sir Philip Francis in 1774, concerning the making his son a gentleman shows the belief that children can do things, but also the belief in punishment, of the kind such as taking away of privileges. All of these documents show the trend of expectation with positiveness in eighteenth century Europe.