#AtoZChallenge ~ D.
Dr. Spoke was a major player, with [some] of our Moms, during those hurried baby boom years. In 1946, just after the war, he published his baby care book, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Childcare. It became a best seller, with a message that resonated with young moms, "you know more than you think you do."
My Mom did not care for him, and so in 1976 when I was pregnant, the first book I bought, was Dr. Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby and Childcare. Frankly, I saw nothing wrong with it. It quickly became my most beloved baby book, to this day. Dr. Spock was my hero, truly a gentle giant, standing at 6'4 inches. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents (including me) to be flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals. Wow, what a concept!
|Dr. Spock and Martin Luther King, Jr|
His BIO is too long for me to get into - A fascinating man of our times. He was an outspoken activist in the New Left and anti-Vietnam War movements during the 1960s and early 1970s. At the time his books were criticized by Vietnam War supporters for allegedly propagating permissiveness and an expectation of instant gratification that led young people to join these movements, a charge Spock denied. In 1962, Spock joined The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, otherwise known as SANE. In 1967, Spock was nominated as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vice-presidential running mate at the National Conference for New Politics.
I raised 3 sons, using much of what Dr. Spock wrote about. Mostly, I embraced the simple notion, that I really did know more than I thought. I was able to raise my firstborn son, who was born with the birth defect of dwarfism. (Bone dysplasia) and stand up to doctors and those who wished to just use him as their experimental pin cushion. I was able to trust my mothering instincts - thanks to Dr.Benjamin Spock
1949 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
Communists forces gain power in China; Nationalists flee to Taiwan
North Atlantic Treaty Organization established the Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb
Israel admitted to U.N.
The Soviet Union lifts Berlin blockade;
Berlin airlift ends
West Germany, East Germany formally established as nations
Vietnam, Indonesia gain sovereignty
BUSINESS & ECONOMY: Nearly 500,000 steel workers strike
FUN "Silly Putty" introduced