“You will be master of the child forever. From then on, a glance, a word, a single threatening gesture will be sufficient to control the child,”
said Dr. Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber, about mastering the crying baby through frightening it. Schreber was not a madman who took pleasure in torturing babies. He was a world famous German pedagogue and child psychiatrist wrote many childcare books promoting his parenting style between 1850 and 1860. He was a physician, later a university teacher at the University of Leipzig and director of the Leipzig‘s sanatorium and was seen as a child psychiatrist. He was read widely in France, England, and America and his parenting style was very famous. He really became a rare authority on childcare in Germany which went through forty reprints of his books from 1858 till 1950’s.
His success in giving advice on parenting style was unmatched for several decades, and it still has some ripple effect today.
This is the book that started it all.