A latter-day Dr. [Spock] more concerned with meshing child psychology with families' singular personalities than with "what that funny little rash is," [Lawrence Kutner] has found a niche as adviser to baby boomer parents, whose lifestyles differ dramatically from those of their parents.
In his explanations of psychological theory and practical suggestions, Kutner takes a developmental approach. That is, he embraces the theory that children "learn and grow in stages." With that in mind, it is important to take the individual qualities of a child into account when coping with frustrating stand-offs and waiting for milestones, like walking and first words.
In his new book, Kutner explains that an understanding of childhood's peaks and valleys helps the child and enhances parenthood: "Child development is a remarkable process to watch, especially in our own children. The more information we have to give us a sense of perspective on what our children are doing-and why they are doing it at that particular stage of their lives-the more fascinating and magical it becomes. And the more we know, the more fun and less stressful raising our children can be."