I love love LOVE old books. I am not sure why. Maybe it is because most of the ideas shared are untainted by the world's views/standards and psycho-babble created to excuse away our sin. I especially love old books about homemaking and child-rearing. You never hear the term "terrible twos" or "teenager." A child was still expected to behave when 2 years old or when their age ended in the word "teen." And while I am so thankful that I have a washer and dryer, there are few feelings in the world as great as hand washing your clothes and hanging them to dry (which I have not been able to do in quite a while). Or the feeling of airing your home and the wonderful smell afterwards!
I came across a GREAT book online (which if the link is no longer viable when you read this PLEASE email me and let me know). The Christian Mother is an open and honest book about being a mom. Even though written in 1833, its truths still apply today. I will warn you this is a VERY straightforward book and many people will not like the straightforwardness of it. But I encourage you to read it with an open mind and open heart to see if there is any "gold" in there for you. It is free to read online, so there in no cost to check it out.