“I believe children were more “child like” back then as opposed to now. I see what 13+ yr olds are doing NOW and I assure you they’re NOT playing with Barbie dolls and being all “innocent”. ”
Well, I think that is precisely backward. Children in centuries past were more ADULT-like than they are today. They were held to responsibilities much closer to those of adults and accorded levels of independence vastly greater than the infantilized adolescents of today which is extending further-and-further outward in age. Adolescence was once much different from childhood which, itself, was much different from childhood today.