The Man Who Loved Children: DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK (1903-1998)


When he reached voting age, he marked his first ballot for Republican Calvin Coolidge in 1924. Five decades later, he ran for President himself. But it is what he accomplished in between that made Dr. Benjamin Spock one of the most famous and controversial figures of his century. He single-handedly changed the way parents raise their children. He preached, albeit gently, that what infants need most from their mothers and fathers is love. Babies are not, he argued (against the prevailing wisdom of the times), little savages who must be broken to adult schedules as quickly as possible. Don't rush them,...

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