Profile of the Day: Benjamin Spock
Did you or your parents use Benjamin Spock’s parenting advice book Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care? On this day in 1903, the American pediatrician was born in New Haven, Connecticut.
Published in 1946, the parenting book is one of the best-selling books of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. At the time of publication, his ideas about childcare were a great departure from what was considered mainstream. His ideas would go on to influence several generations of parents, urging them to use common sense, be more flexible and affectionate towards their children, and refrain from using corporal punishment.
Fun fact: In 1924, Spock won an Olympic gold medal in rowing while attending Yale University.
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