When my parents embarked on parenthood in 1950, Dr. Benjamin Spock was a household name. By the second-through-fourth kid, I doubt they opened his by-then tattered book, “Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care,” which is only to say they had it memorized. That, and the fact that my oldest brother was a real challenge.
Spock’s child-rearing manual was a bestseller for decades, second only to the Bible, selling more than 50 million copies in 49 languages.
Among his gems:
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