Decent as you might wrongfully infer does not mean respectable; essentially here it means emotionally healthy since almost all of this book by a psychiatrist and a pediatrician is concerned with various aspects of disturbance as manifest in obesity, temper tantrums, anorexia, asthma, stuttering, tics, etc., etc. on to sexual deviations, schizophrenia, or mental retardation. . . . Before long it is quite apparent that the hand that rocks the cradle cripples the incumbent in one way or another. Thus the parent ""must seek treatment for himself"" which is about the only specific answer to anything the authors come up with although here and there one runs into the tiresome charge that permissiveness has led to delinquency in the Spock-marked generation. Not that Drs. Ruggieri and Schwarz recommend anything very different in their opening chapters on the breast and the bottle, the bladder and the bowel (i.e. no coercion of any kind). In fact they don't say anything you won't have read elsewhere and instead of wringing one's hands, one is left to wash them of the whole thing. One begins to feel sorry for those poor parents, with their ""defective consciences"" and ""disturbed feelings,"" particularly since they're referred to as Mommy and Daddy throughout.