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Burton White, 84; psychologist wrote of child development

Burton White firmly believed that society should better support babies 3 and younger.
Burton White firmly believed that society should better support babies 3 and younger.

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As a psychologist who specialized in infant development, Burton White believed that babies and toddlers belonged at home, not in day care centers.

In a 1981 Globe article, Dr. White had this advice for women who were inclined to care for their babies at home instead of joining the workforce:

“Buck the trend. Stay home,” he said. “A parent is the child’s first and best teacher. Don’t miss some of life’s sweetest pleasures, or most crucial moments, as the baby grows from infant to child.”

Burton L. White died of congestive heart failure Oct. 6 at the Newbridge on the Charles retirement facility in Dedham. He was 84 and lived most of his life in Newton.

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