VALUES




     Dorothy Law Nolte was an American writer and family councilor She wrote a poem on childrearing, "Children Learn What They Live," for a weekly family column for The Torrence Herald in 1954. The poem was widely circulated by readers as well as distributed to millions of new parents by a maker of baby formula. She copyrighted it in 1972, and in 1998 expanded it into a book, co-authored with Rachel Harris, "Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values."
     I've shared this poem with many parents and used it as a basis of my interaction with children. I strongly believe that children are precious and we play an integral role in their development as they age. Using this positive reinforcement we are able to nurture our children lead them in the right direction as they move between the stages of their lives.

Rose G.

Children Learn What They Live

Dorothy Law Nolte


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 what envy is.

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

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

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

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

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

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal.

If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity.

If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice are.

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

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

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

With what is your child living?