Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Doctor Would Be Very Disappointed

I'm old enough to remember the days when Dr. Spock's advice regarding child care was listened to religiously by most American mothers. Indeed, I come from the generation that is sometimes referred to as "Dr. Spock's kids." Thus, while reading through the Howard Center's weekly report, I found this item of of particular interest.:

"'A day nursery...is no good for an infant. There's nowhere near enough attention or affection to go around.' Since children need full-time love and attention in their early years, [Spock] argued, it is senseless for parents to 'pay other people to do a poorer job of bringing up their children.'" (Source: Benjamin Spock, quoted in Brian C. Robertson, Day Care Deception, San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2003, page 72.)