Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care

For sixty-five years, parents have relied on the expert advice of renowned pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock. Dr. Spock’s #1 rule of parenting:

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

His 1946 book “Baby and Child Care“ was at the forefront of the more positive parenting mentality. This popular book was republished several times and sold fifty million copies worldwide.

In agreement with Dr. Spock’s less rigid philosophy was the equally popular Donald Winnicott, who began a series of BBC radio broadcasts on the subject of parenting that endured for 20 years. Although experts were moving away from strict and harsh parenting styles, they are considered today as part of authoritarian parenting styles.

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