Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.

— Benjamin Spock

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I'm not a pacifist. I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also supported the intervention in Korea, but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam.


Children who grow up getting nutrition from plant foods rather than meats have a tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer


The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.


What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.


Without freedom of choice, there is no creativity. Without creativity, there is no life.


The main source of good discipline is growing up in a loving family, being loved and learning to love in return.


The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.


Physical punishment teaches children that the larger, stronger person has the power to get his way, whether or not he is in the right, and they may resent this in the parent-for life.


Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.


There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age.


The children who are appreciated for what they are, even if they are homely, or clumsy, or slow, will grow up with confidence in themselves and happy. They will have a spirit that will make the best of all the capacities that they do have and of all the opportunities that come their way.


The fact is that child rearing is a long, hard job, the rewards are not always immediately obvious, the work is undervalued, and parents are just as human and almost as vulnerable as their children.


About Benjamin Spock

Quotes 61 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.


Every child senses, with all the horse sense that's in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be.


When women are encouraged to be competitive, too many of them become disagreeable.


The strongest rebellion may be expressed in quiet, undramatic behavior.


Our greatest hope is to bring up children inspired by their opportunities for being helpful and loving.


The loving person makes other people feel good, and he is usually a happy person himself. He is able to form strong, long-lasting friendships.


Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.


I really learned it all from mothers.


Biologically and temperamentally... women were made to be concerned firt and foremost with child care, husband care and home care.


Sex education, including its spiritual aspects, should be part of a broad health and moral education from kindergarten through grade twelve, ideally carried out harmoniously by parents and teachers.


Don't worry about trying to do a perfect job.

There is no perfect job. There is no one way of raising your children.


Parental trust is extremely important in the guidance of adolescent children as they get further and further away from the direct supervision of their parents and teachers. I don't mean that trust without clear guidance is enough, but guidance without trust is worthless.


Boys and girls need chances to be around their father, to be enjoyed by him and if possible to do things with him. Better to play fifteen minutes enjoyably and then say, 'Now I'm going to read my paper' than to spend all day at the zoo crossly.


What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?


I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam because they were my babies.


Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.


I was so afraid of being bad and being caught at it.


In our country today, very few children are raised to believe that their principal destiny is to serve their family, their country, or God.


Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny;

he thinks he is in the world for something important, and it gives him drive and confidence.


Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.


I think that parents ought to get some idea of how the so- called "experts" have changed their advice over the decades, so that they won't take them deadly seriously, and so that if the parent has the strong feeling, "I don't like this advice," the parent won't feel compelled to follow it. . . . So don't worry about trying to do a perfect job. There is no perfect job. There is no one way of raising your children.


Does sex education encourage sex? Many parents are afraid that talking about sex with their teenagers will be taken as permission for the teen to have sex. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the more children learn abour sexuality from talking with their parents and teachers and reading accurate books, the less they feel compelled to find out for themselves.


I've come to the realization that a lot of our problems are because of a dearth of spiritual values.


Respect children because they're human beings and they deserve respect, and they'll grow up to be better people.


Humans can be the most affectionate and altruistic of creatures, yet they're potentially more vicious than any other. They are the only ones who can be persuaded to hate millions of their own kind whom they have never seen and to kill as many as they can lay their hands on in the name of their tribe or their God.


How to fold a diaper depends on the size of the baby and the diaper.


Democracy appears to me potentially a higher form of political organization than any kind of dictatorship. But if it turns out that in America, which could afford a decent living for everyone, the comfortable majority is willing to condone the misery and abuse of a minority for an indefinite period, the exploitation by the majority becomes as repugnant as exploitation by an oligarchy, and democracy loses half its supposed superiority.


Can we make a better world for our children? I believe we can, if enough people are concerned and get involved in changing what is wrong with society.


People have said, "You've turned your back on pediatrics.

" I said, "No. It took me until I was in my 60s to realize that politics was a part of pediatrics."


Grandparents have the freedom to see their grandchildren uncritically.


...the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are beholden to industry. They always will be. And, the American people are fooled when they think that if you can just get McGovern instead of Humphrey, or if you can get a Democrat instead of a Republican, this will be the end of our problems.


It's not the words but the music that counts.


You know more than you think you do.


This present system by which industry is motivated exclusively by the quest for maximal profits - though it may have helped a great deal to develop, to industrialize our country so rapidly and so successfully - now it's clearly passed its usefulness. It is keeping us from achieving the ideal society that we should have. We say industry must produce to improve the quality of life for all our people.


To win in Vietnam, we will have to exterminate a nation.


If I could make only one wish for a child, I'd wish him the quality of lovingness.


Don't take too seriously all that the neighbors say.

Don't be overawed by what the experts say. Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.

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