Shaking hands with children

Behavioural psychologist John B. Watson, the leading child expert of the 1920s, on mothers showing affection to their children:

“If the baby cries–let him cry! All babies cry…. But by all means don’t pick him up.”


“If you must…kiss them once on the forehead when they say goodnight. Shake hands with them in the morning” (qtd. in Tuttle 23).

I’m not sure how anyone else feels, but I’m pretty thankful that Dr. Spock finally appeared on the child scene in 1946.

[from Tuttle, William M. Jr. “America’s Children in an Era of War, Hot and Cold: The Holocaust, the Bomb, and Child Rearing in the 1940s.” Rethinking Cold War Culture. Eds. Peter J. Kuznik and James Gilbert. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 2001. Print.]