Book Reviews
November 1943

Children Can Help Themselves.

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By Marion Olive Lerrigo, Ph.D. Price, $2.25. Pp. 219, with no illustrations. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1943;66(5):588. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010230120013

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This book describes the growth and development of a boy from birth to the age of 12 years, with occasional mention of two playmates to help emphasize the differences in children. The author stresses the everyday problems, such as eating, sleeping, elimination, socialization, emotional control and cleanliness at each age, suggesting indirectly the proper attitude for parents to take toward these problems. The fact that this boy had security in well adjusted, intelligent parents is mentioned, but possibly this factor is not given sufficient credit for his success.

Although a description of the normal expectancy of behavior for each age is accurately given, the need for training is emphasized. The author is apparently worried over spoiling children, to the point of restricting emotional needs, especially in infancy. For example, she states: "They have agreed, not just yet at any rate (1 month), not to give him the pleasure of being

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