Book: Every Child Should Have a Chance
Author: Leila Denmark
Year Published: 1971
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Target Audience: Parents
Romance/Sex: Not a fiction book.
Setting: Mostly her doctor’s office and consultation she had with past patients.
Plot: This book is all about an old-fashioned approach to raising your children. Dr. Denmark has some very old-fashioned ideas about child-raising, but many of them can transfer to today’s world. Her basic philosophy is that when a child is young, they should fit into your world, not the other way around. She believes that too much focus on children spoil them and make poor adults. Once children are past the age of 6, she believes that they should receive an instructional time of explanation, and during the teen years, she focuses on respect and practical guidance. She recounts many stories of parents who neglect to look at obvious signs of illness in their children, which is detrimental to their health.
Thoughts: The health part of this book is completely outdated. She focuses a lot on mothers who smoke and drink during pregnancy, which she says is bad. 🙂 A lot of her medical advice is for parents who neglect their children. I guess in the 50’s through 70’s parents often fed their children terrible diets. At any rate, the formula back then sounds horrendous. I’m surprised any child grew up with such as horrible start. She also believes in stomach sleeping, which I don’t know if I can quite get on board with. There have been tons of recent studies proving that babies have a better chance of living if they sleep on their backs. At any rate, I think the principles in this book are sound. They somewhat align with how I choose to raise my own children, with the crazy old-fashioned medical advice ignored.
This book is apparently out of print. You can find it on Amazon, but it’s crazy expensive. I borrowed my copy from a friend.