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Poem: “Children Learn What They Live”

by meditative - August 5th, 2014.
Filed under: Mindful News, Events, & Resources, Mindfulness for Parents & Children.

~By writer and family counselor, Dorothy Law Nolte Ph.D.


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 feel 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 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 honesty, they learn truthfulness.

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.


As parents, we help set the stage for who our children may become. They model our examples… from our attitudes, dispositions, words, and behaviors. How we attend and nurture our children’s needs is fundamental to their growth & development into healthy emotional beings. The time and attention we give to them in a loving & respectful manner can help them to assimilate, relate & integrate their experiences with a more stable & balanced perspective.

Be aware of the seeds you plant & cultivate. A child’s well-being is deeply conditioned by the value given to your role of parenting…

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