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Perfect motherhood : science and childrearing in America

Author: Rima D Apple
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Parenting today is virtually synonymous with worry. We want to ensure that our children are healthy, that they get a good education, and that they grow up to be able to cope with the challenges of modern life. In our anxiety, we are keenly aware of our inability to know what is best for our children. When should we toilet train? What is the best way to encourage a fussy child to eat? How should we protect our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Apple, Rima D. (Rima Dombrow), 1944-
Perfect motherhood.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)654744217
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rima D Apple
ISBN: 0813537932 9780813537931 0813538432 9780813538433
OCLC Number: 61520276
Description: xii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Redefining motherhood --
"Follow the lead of physicians": motherhood in the late nineteenth century --
"Mamma's scientific--she knows all the laws": motherhood in the early twentieth century --
"Follow my instructions exactly": experts to mothers in the interwar period and during World War II --
"The modern way": mothers, circa 1920-1945 --
"Now I know that an authority has the same opinion as mine": motherhood in the postwar period --
"Use it to guide, not to dictate": motherhood in the late twentieth century --
Conclusion: "I wanted to do it right."
Responsibility: Rima D. Apple.
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