June 21, 1947

Pointers for Parents

JAMA. 1947;134(8):741. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880250089032

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As suggested by the title, this book consists of instructions to parents. While, in general, the attitude of the author is kindly and friendly toward parents and children, it seems entirely too much weighted on the side of inflexible instruction and affords too little of the information concerning the basis of this instruction. "Do's" and "don'ts" entirely dominate "whys" and "wherefores." The differences in human personality are so complex that it is confusing to attempt to make such hard and fast rules when dealing with children and their parents. It is confusing to a mother to be told that nothing should ever interfere with her daily program with the baby. Such regimentation is impossible and probably not desirable in any family. The author advocates a training routine which is entirely too advanced in comparison with the schedule now accepted by most students in the field. This again is confusing to

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