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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Children Learn What They Live

I love that the following passage is on a plaque that hung on my bedroom wall growing up and is now hanging in Lucas' room:

Children Learn What They Live
Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

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 ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

What wonderful parenting advice! Children mirror what they see at home and this illustrates what they should be witnessing and what we will strive for in our house. After all, aren't the best lessons learned at home?

The best is yet to be.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

This is soooo true!! Great post!

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October 7, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger mamacoreenie said...

I love this!

October 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

thats great!

October 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

How amazing! I still have a wall hanging with this exact passage that I received as a small child. How true the words are, and I only wish that more knew the passage as well.

October 12, 2009 at 8:13 AM  

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