Families: Parenting Books

A Special Section In which a new wave of experts offer oceans of advice to a sea of new moms and dads, who these days might well be just moms, just dads, moms and moms, dads and dads or even grandpare

His bedside manner was famously reassuring; his advice was good old common sense: "Bringing up your child won't be a complicated job if you take it easy, trust your own instincts, and follow the directions that your doctor gives you."

We're talking about Dr. Benjamin Spock, who offered those soothing words to a nation of anxious parents in 1946. Since then, nearly 50 million copies of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care have been printed in 42 languages. Spock, whose presence loomed large during the formative years of the baby-boom generation, was 94 when he died in March, leaving the stage...

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