Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician whose book 'Baby and Child Care', published in 1946, is one of the best-sellers of all time. His approach to child-rearing was famously permissive, encouraging parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children and to treat them as individuals. His ideas about parenting influenced several generations and sparked widespread debate about child care and parenting styles.


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  1. 1. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

    This book is a comprehensive guide to child rearing, offering practical advice and information on a wide range of topics, including feeding, sleeping, health, discipline, and psychological development. It emphasizes a flexible, common-sense approach to parenting, encouraging parents to trust their own instincts and knowledge of their child. The book also discusses the importance of treating children as individuals and fostering their independence and self-confidence.

  2. 2. Baby And Child Care

    The book in question revolutionized child-rearing approaches by advocating for a more compassionate and flexible parenting style. It provides comprehensive guidance on various aspects of childcare, from feeding and sleeping to behavioral and developmental issues, emphasizing the importance of understanding and responding to each child's individual needs. The author encourages parents to trust their instincts and to treat their children with respect and affection, challenging the more rigid and authoritarian parenting norms of the time. The book's accessible advice and empathetic tone have made it a longstanding go-to resource for generations of parents seeking to raise their children with confidence and love.