Day 75: Dr. Benjamin Spock (Not a Vulcan) “Father of Parenting”

Benjamin_Spock

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When and where did they live?  Born on May 2, 1903 in New Haven Connecticut and died on March 15th, 1998 in La Jolla, California.

What are they the father of? Why is he famous?

When Dr. Benjamin Spock (not a Vulcan) died in 1998, TIME magazine said that he “singlehandedly changed the way parents raise their children.” (http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/14/65-years-since-spock-five-ideas-that-changed-american-parenting/) He wrote the very popular “Baby and Child Care” in 1946 and many other popular books.

How many children did they have?  Did they follow in their father’s footsteps? Spock had two sons, Michael and John. He later expressed regret that he spent little time with them when they were young because he was so busy. Michael became a director of a children’s museum, and John became the owner of a construction firm.

What can we learn from them?

It is good to give advice, but it is better to heed your own advice. Dr. Spock said that he regretted talking so much about other people’s children that he didn’t spent as much time with his own children.

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