Dorothy Law Nolte, American writer and family counselor, once wrote a poem on child rearing called, “Children Learn What They Live”. This was 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 baby formula company. In 1972, Nolte ensured to copyright the poem, and by 1998 expanded it into a book (co-authored with Rachel Harris) called, “Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values.”

At Royal Academy, the foundation of our value system and how we interact with every child that walks through our doors is embodied in this poem. It is the very core of our foundation. We strongly believe that as a West Brampton Montessori preschool we play a key role in their growth and development. We aim to nurture our children through positive interactions to help lead them in the right direction. We truly understand that “Children Learn What They Live”, and we want our children to have a fun, creative, learning experience, where their strengths are celebrated, daily.

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?
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