A PRIMER FOR PARENTS by Jerome Fass

A PRIMER FOR PARENTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Fass is a charmingly explicit raconteur, and displays the same bubbling good will that he undoubtedly utilizes in his practice of child psychiatry, but some deep-heat anguishers bent on straightening out their kinky offspring may find the format and style too discursive, occasionally too airy for serious perusal. In general the advice is familiar, always sound-relax, enjoy and love. Dr. Fass, of course, has strong negative feelings about thick-skinned, over-demanding, smothering, indifferent parents, the like of which must have glowered in his office from time to time. He also has, apparently, an encyclopedic array of gripes and groans about serious-to-tiny dilemmas, and has tossed problem and solution together in a splattering of brief paragraphs and sections, headed by laboriously humorous, aphoristic sallies. We're happy to report that Dr. Fass comes up with firm negatives on pre-teen dancing lessons, ""instant Einsteins"" pressurings, and parental dishonesty in ""small"" matters (which is absorbed by the child). With its grab bag of cases, information, suggestions, less a primer than a psychiatrist's portmantcan.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Trident