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VA loans for homes and farms were made available to GIs at low interest rates, and low or no down payment.

By 1955, boomers were enjoying after-school sports at the junior-high level. Emulating wartime mothers, postwar American moms began to find jobs outside the home. Living in seemingly sterile neighborhoods devoid of urban diversions and the traditional extended family, many children were left to fend for themselves after school.

As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen. At times, matinees played in several installments per week.

Popular kid shows most often followed a serial format, appearing in the afternoon on Saturdays.

The I Love Lucy show was unique — the longest continuously running show in television history, which continues to air daily. They became known as "latchkey kids." Television became a surrogate parent.

had written a runaway, bestseller “how to” book in 1946, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, for a mere 25 cents. Spock`s long lifetime, his book was translated into 39 languages and sold more than 50 million copies, making it second in sales only to the Bible. Spock also taught child development at Case-Western University and wrote additional books on the subject.