Elizabeth Longford proves the truth of the old saying that Mother knows best, a theory that is being treated with renewed respect by many of todays experts in child-rearing. She cites from her own experience as the mother of a large family, and quotes from letters which she received from other parents. They are all faced with similar situations: childish fantasies; the problem of good manners and how to enforce them; whether or not one should punish a child, and how; dealing with the spoilt youngest child; and family squabbles. They are not necessarily problems (although some of them are), but points in a familys life on which nearly all parents would welcome some suggestions from others who have had the same experiences. Written in a witty and entertaining style, All in the Family contains an abundance of practical advice that no parent would want to miss.
Elizabeth Longfordwas a distinguished politician and journalist who became an historian in the second half of her life. Her biography of Queen Victoria, "Victoria R.I.," won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography in 1964. Rachel Billington, her daughter, has written fiction for both adults and children; her latest novel is "Lies & Loyalties.""
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