MANY topnotch psychologists and psychiatrists have been edging up to the revolutionary idea that perhaps they are not, after all, the Supreme Court in matters of child rearing: giving parents a rigid set of rules on how to raise their kids might be all wrong. At a Toronto mental-health congress in the last two weeks, this feeling reached a climax: mother and father know best.

The learned delegates stressed the need for more effective psychiatric help in cases where parents fail to accept and love a child or to help it develop a sense of individuality. But top authorities roundly denounced some...

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