Since the beginning of the twentieth century, millions of anxious
parents have turned to child-rearing manuals for reassurance.
Instead, however, they have often found yet more cause for worry.
In this rich social history, Ann Hulbert analyzes one hundred years
of shifting trends in advice and discovers an ongoing battle
between two main approaches: a child-centered focus on warmly
encouraging development versus a sterner parent-centered emphasis
on instilling discipline. She examines how pediatrics, psychology,
and neuroscience have fueled the debates but failed to offer
definitive answers. And she delves into the highly relevant and
often turbulent personal lives of the popular advice-givers, from
L. Emmett Holt and Arnold Gesell to Bruno Bettelheim and Benjamin
Spock to the prominent (and ever conflicting) experts of today.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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