The Coming of Spock: Mothering in the 60’s

 “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”  (opening lines from The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care)

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Along Came a Doctor called Spock

His revolutionary tale’s a shock

Instinct was in

Goodbye to the King

and the troublesome Plunket Clock

 

A change for the better, this still popular book, set out on the premise that Mother knows best.  This approach to parenting gave mothers permission to think for themselves, to “trust themselves”, whilst still providing instructions to cling to.

 

Coming up next: The Continuum Concept of the 70’s…the way of the future?

 

 

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