All About Benjamin Spock

By:Jenna Broughton

Dr.Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock was born in 1903 and died in 1998. Benjamin Spock's theory was very radical when he published his ideas in 1946. Beginning his book with the quote "You know more than you think you do." Spock believed that a parents instincts were enough to raise a child well. He wrote a book about everything you may need to know when raising your child but always restated that parents "know more than they think they do. Before Spock parents were told to not shower their childern with affection, they shouldnt kiss them,

Interesting Facts

  • He was known as "The father of the baby boomers".
  • His book Baby and Child Care was the 2nd best selling book to the Bible for its first 52 years on the market.
  • He has written about 14 books during his career.
  • His book Baby and Child Care has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

Main Ideas of His Theory

  1. Trust your instincts
  2. Babies don't need a strict regimen but they do like a routine
  3. If your baby is acting strange don't worry, Freud can explain it
  4. Ideas about good parenting should evolve as time goes on
  5. Babies need love


  • Many physicians thought Spock's theory caused many young men to protest the Vietnam War because it was considered overly permissive or didn't have enough discipline. They thought his theory was raising children to be adults with free and easy lives.
  • He was very outspoken about his opinion with the Vietnam War. He was very anti-war.

Works CIted

"Benjamin Spock". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
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"Dr. Benjamin Spock: Child Care and Controversy." N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

"Spock at 65: Five Ideas That Changed American Parenting |"Time. Time, 14 July 2011. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.