Y is for Youth
Children were not given a voice in ancient Egypt; what we know about their lives comes from descriptions from adults, as well as objects found in children's tombs.
- Ancient Egyptians also recognised in different stages of development in children: infant and toddler, child, and youth (late teens).
- These children became involved in the adult world early on, sometimes portrayed as miniature adults. They fulfilled social and economic tasks which got more demanding as they got older.
- It was the parents' duty to educate their children.
- Ancient Egyptian children owned dolls with real hair and played ball and stick games. They wore no clothes until they reached puberty, and imitated the work of their mothers and fathers.
- A child was considered fortunate to be born and survive to age one in ancient Egypt, as many women died in childbirth, while many infants died from infections. Protective deities would have been kept in the mother's home to protect her and her child. Special amulets were also worn.
- While both boys and girls were precious to ancient Egyptian parents, the birth of a boy was celebrated more than that of a girl.
- The average ancient Egyptian family ended up with about five or six kids.