With the aim of exchanging muddle for middle and of guiding mothers towards composure, , confidence and a sense of direction in their treatment of their children. The author, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Children's Psychiatric Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital does a light-handed but sensible investigation of ""blab-blab of opposed schools"" of child training and raising, to show how it is possible not to lose the child in the scuffle. Covering the new superstitions and methods, be goes into the questions of lying, of food, of health, of habits, of sex education, etc. With non terrifying debunking, he indicates how a harassed parent can find a midway course. Good cold water shower for overzealous.