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The co-author of Personal Problems of Everyday Living gives us a sound, readable book of paramount importance at this time. In a chatty, easy style, full of repetition for emphasis, she takes the only sane stand, namely that we must admit our fears, not deny nor suppress them, face them squarely, for then they will decrease. Children always realize our reactions, as in all other relationships it is wiser to talk problems over calmly. Naturally, intellectual discussions cannot be grasped by the younger ones but still they are the first to sense when things are being hidden. When you hear children threatening to kill and bomb others, even adults, this talk is often disguised feeling of hostility at being thwarted. It is normal and does not mean that they are abnormally blood-thirsty. The author's plea is for tolerance, balance, true democracy in the home, facing of facts, and begs us not to be too stuffy in sticking to rules. For instance, earnest young mothers refuse to feed their babies except at periods as designated in books, when actually some little ones have such a metabolism that they are hungry much oftener and therefore yell like fury for nourishment. The same is true of cuddling; many need it. As in all phases of living each situation must be handled according to its own twist but generally it is better to talk things out. This book is not confined to handling the youngest, it also gives help to the mother on finding her own niche in community war work. (We hope that these theories are true because they are what we have followed for twelve years. If you can leave your children with a good helper and can give them the best in you when you are home, can keep more on your toes by having a job, and give them all your free time, then get out and don't get bogged down and stupid.) This is a fine helpful book with summaries at the ends of chapters so that it can be used over and over as a prod towards right living.

Publisher: Appleton-Century