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Dr. Benjamin Spock
Transcript of Dr. Benjamin Spock
New Haven, Connecticut
Died: March 15, 1998
La Jolla, California Online Forums
Fit and Health
http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/baby-health/newborn-development/understanding-cognitive-and-social-development-in-a-newborn-ga3.htm Sources Dr.Spock's Educational Background Dr.Spocks Theory Spock went to Yale and received his M.D. from Columbia University.
He practiced pediatrics and taught psychiatry and child development. Spock assured parents that they were the true experts on their own children. They had been told before Dr.Spock's book, that picking up infants when they cried would only spoil them; Spock thought that cuddling babies and giving affection to children would only make them happier and more secure. Instead of adhering to a strict, one-size-fits-all approach on everything from discipline to toilet training, Spock urged parents to be flexible and see their children as individuals and find what helped their child.
Perhaps most revolutionary of all, he suggested that parenting could be fun, that mothers and fathers could actually enjoy their children. Dr Benjamin Spock was similar to Erik Erikson in that they both studied the emotional development of a child.
"The fact is that child rearing is a long, hard job, the rewards are not always immediately obvious, the work is undervalued, and parents are just as human and almost as vulnerable as their children."
-Dr.Benjamin Spock There are only two things a child will share willingly— communicable diseases and his mother's age.
-Dr.Benjamin Spock I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.