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Children learn what they live

Make Your Baby Feel Loved

I recently came across this beautiful poem after it was handed out by the coordinator of my mother’s group.  I have placed it on the wall of my daughter’s bedroom as a little reminder of the right way to nurture my beloved bean and I share it with you in case you wish to do the same in your own child’s room.

Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel envy.

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.

BUT

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.

If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative.

If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is.

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him.

If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live.”

With what is your child living?

Dorothy Law Nolte wrote this poem in 1954 and it could benefit from being updated into gender neutral language.  Rachael Harris has used the ideas inherent in this poem as a framework for her book espousing modern parenting values:

Photo: D Sharon Pruitt

 

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