Books about Children and Parenting

The Complete Book of Absolutely Perfect Baby and Child Care by Elinor Goulding Smith

In this little book, the author recommends that before you try raising a child you first try something simpler, like raising a hamster and perhaps stick with it; footnotes about hamsters appear throughout the book. After a discussion on clothing and diapering infants, a footnote suggests, "A hamster requires no clothing of any kind." Her main premise, though, is the use of rules, primarily the Golden Rule of raising babies; a rule she has suggested uses for throughout the book. The rule: LIE. "Lie to your mother, lie to your sisters and aunts, and above all, lie to all the other mothers you meet on the street. When a newer mother than you asks for your help, tell her you never had the least trouble. Your baby just loved his mashed banana on the first try." She gives other rules like repeating to one's self, "Oh What's the Use." Pointers appear throughout the book such as taking care to remove the tooth from under the pillow before putting any money there to eliminate the possibility of tooth-hoarding. The book begins, "It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money,"

     

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