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Children Learn What They Live

Posted by Josh Patrick

describe the imageA poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, PhD.  One that you need to read and one you need to learn.  I think this one is going to join the other two documents that live on my office wall.  This is the first addition I've made in over twenty-five years.  I think it's just that good.  Please pass this on to those you love.

-If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
-If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
-If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
-If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
-If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
-If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
-If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
-If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
-If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
-If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
-If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
-If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
-If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
-If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
-If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
-If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
-If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
-If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and those about them.
-If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

I have a couple of questions for you:

How do you want your children to live?  It really is up to you.

If you’ve been damaged or you’ve damaged another, what can you do to fix it?

A suggestion:

Put your arms around your child and tell them how much you love them.  It’s a good start.

No offer today.  Just take a few minutes and reflect on this poem.  It’ll be time well spent.

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