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April 4, 1931

The Behavior of Young Children.

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By Ethel B. Waring and Marguerite Wilder, Professors of Child Guidance, Cornell University. Volume I and Volume II. Volume I: Eating Behavior, Sleeping Behavior. Volume II: Dressing Toilet, Washing. With an introduction by Patty Smith Hill, Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Boards. Price, $1 per volume. Pp. 121, and pp. 150. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(14):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720400071044

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There are a large number of environmental factors responsible for the shaping of the child's behavior and character. The most important of these factors is the home—the parents. These two small volumes have been written to aid parents in learning how to study, analyze and guide the behavior of their young children in the home. Too often books on childhood behavior deal too much with generalities and too little with specific incidents. These volumes are unique in the manner of the presentation of the material. There are five separate fields of behavior discussed—eating, sleeping, dressing, toilet habits and washing. Specific behavior incidents are first presented and parents are urged to analyze these incidents to determine for themselves just what the child is learning from the behavior situation. Following the incidents are a series of quotations offering the opinions of authors concerning the field under discussion. Each chapter concludes with a

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