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Quotes of the Day for 2 May 2001 – Dr Spock

Benjamin McLane Spock was born on this day in 1902. After a strict and somewhat bizarre childhood he studied medicine, and in 1946 wrote The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care which became, for better or worse, the operating manual for a whole generation of children. (Including yours truly.) Here are few quotes from Dr Spock.

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The quotes:

All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.

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

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.

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

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.
     - Today's quotes are all from Benjamin McLane Spock, 1903 - 1998


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