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James Dobson Quotes

James Clayton Dobson is a Christian psychologist and founder of Focus on the Family. He is the author of many books like Bringing Up Girls, The Strong-Willed Child, Bringing Up Boys, and etc.




Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.

James  Dobson


Great beginnings are not as important as the way one finishes.

James  Dobson


The best way to get children to do what you want is to spend time with them before disciplinary problems occur—having fun together and enjoying mutual laughter and joy.

James  Dobson


Many confrontations can be avoided by building friendships with kids and thereby making them want to cooperate at home. It sure beats anger as a motivator of little ones!

James  Dobson


Sexual contact between a boy and a girl is a progressive thing. In other words, the amount of touching and caressing and kissing that occurs in the early days tends to increase as they become more familiar and at ease with one another. 

James  Dobson


The footsteps a child follows are most likely to be the ones his parents thought they covered up.

James  Dobson


Don’t marry someone with intolerable characteristics in the hopes of changing him or her.

James  Dobson


If you can’t live with someone who drinks or someone who isn’t a Christian or someone who isn’t clean, then don’t marry that kind of person. The chances for miraculous improvements or changes in behavior are slim. What you see is what you get!

James  Dobson


If you speak disparagingly of the opposite sex, or if you refer to females as sex objects, those attitudes will translate directly into dating and marital relationships later on. 

James  Dobson


Remember that your goal is to prepare a boy to lead a family when he's grown and to show him how to earn the respect of those he serves. 

James  Dobson


Teach your son to open doors for girls and to help them with their coats or their chairs in a restaurant.

James  Dobson


Also, tell your son that he is never to hit a girl under any circumstances. Remind him that she is not as strong as he is and that she is deserving of his respect.

James  Dobson


Some tragic mistakes are often made by those who acquire the reins of control before their maturity is adequate to handle it.

James  Dobson


 It is better to be single and unhappy than unhappily married.

James  Dobson


A guy never has a right to force a woman to have sex with him under any circumstances. She should be able to say no at any point, and he must honor that denial.

James  Dobson


There is no indication that God explained to Joseph what He was doing through those many years of heartache or how the pieces would eventually fit together. 

James  Dobson


Feelings are neither right nor wrong. It's what you do with them that causes the problems.

James  Dobson


Nations that are populated largely by immature, immoral, weak-willed, cowardly, and self-indulgent men cannot and will not long endure. 

James  Dobson


Jesus Christ is the source—the only source—of meaning in life.

James  Dobson


 If you have never met this Jesus, I suggest that you seek spiritual counsel from a Christian leader who can offer guidance.

James  Dobson


The Lord gave me this challenging child for a purpose. He wants me to mold and shape this youngster and prepare him or her for a life of service to Him.

James  Dobson


If you’re going through difficult times today, hold steady. It will change soon. If you are experiencing smooth sailing and easy times now, brace yourself. It will change soon. The only thing you can be certain of is change.

James  Dobson