Children Learn What They Live

Posted on June 17, 2012. Filed under: Fathers | Tags: , , , , |

Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte

 If children live with criticism,
               They learn to condemn.
          If children live with hostility,
               They learn to fight.
          If children live with ridicule,
               They learn to be shy.
          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 to be patient.
          If children live with praise,
               They learn to appreciate.
          If children live with acceptance,
               They learn to love.
          If children live with approval,
               They learn to like themselves.
          If children live with honesty,
               They learn truthfulness.
          If children live with security,
               They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
          If children live with friendliness,
               They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
This is the author-approved short version.

The poem, Children Learn What They Live by Dr. Dorothy Law Nolte, reminds us that one of the biggest influences in a child’s life is that in which is learned in the home. Fathers are one of children’s first teachers. Remember to teach them love, patience, and acceptance: not hate, abuse and violence. Happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

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