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Children Learn What They Live

It's hard being a mom, often because it's hard to do all the right things at all the right times to make sure you are giving your best to your child(ren) so that they grow up to be perfect, just like you. I was recently at an orientation to be a volunteer in our local public schools and they handed out copies of the following poem by Dorothy Law Nolte that I thought was a kind of nice and helpful reminder. I hope you enjoy it too.

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 in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Of course, as I searched around the Internet for Ms. Nolte, I found several different versions of the poem. On the handout I received, the last line is...

If you live with serenity, your child will live with peace of mind.

Doesn't that sound glorious?

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