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KIRKUS REVIEW

The man who has by now foster-fathered a generation again serves in loco parentis and offers his reasonable, relaxed guidance on a variety of concerns. His philosophy has not changed and is balanced one (although, in abandoning certain rigid rules primarily in feeding and training at a young age, he has been unjustly accused of advocating the permissiveness or indulgence to which it has sometimes led). Here Dr. Spock discusses the love for one's children- one more than another; the clash between generations and between parents; manners, chores, playthings; traveling, good neighbor relations; the hostile child the sick child; personality factors, sex differences, learning habits; fact-facing from Santa Claus to religion, death, sex; divorce, widowhood, remarriage and the step-child; and finally the pacifiers (TV, radio, comics), prejudice, anxiety in the atom age, and overpermissiveness. Much of this material appeared in the Ladies Home Journal and it has been expanded here; the derivation may indicate the popular designation for it is experience and psychology applied to everyday situations in a sensible fashion.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1962
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin