It's easy to look at parenting as this "new thing," especially if you're experiencing it for the first time. However, and of course, it's not. People have been caring for, guiding, and loving their children for as long as the human race has been in existence. Still, with each generation, parenting styles come and go and evolve. If we go way back, about 700 years or so, we find quite a few things parents did in the Middle Ages that not a single, solitary parent would even think about doing today. So while parenthood might be old as time itself, it sure has changed (thankfully).
Then again, medieval moms and dads did share some of the same parenting strategies we take advantage of today. They could even be described as fans of attachment parenting, given their fondness for practices such as extended breastfeeding and bed-sharing. Time does change a few things, but it doesn't change everything. Back in "the day," society was largely divided into two groups: the aristocracy and the commoners. The nobility led, wore fancy clothes, and had access to education and privilege. The commoners worked the land or served the noble classes, largely disenfranchised as a group. Of course, as a result of the massive difference between the aristocracy and the commoners, life could be very different for the children of these two groups.
However, whether you were born into the upper crust or had to toil for your supper, parenting in the middle ages was quite different when compared to the modern view of what it means to be a mom. There were some things medieval parents did, that we would never do today, for example: