Children Learn What They Live


"If all parents followed these rules about raising children, about what makes healthy children,
then counselors, psychologists, etc. would be out of business,
because these children would feel good about themselves."
 

Dick Silk, MA, MFT, licensed marriage and family therapist,
Spokane, WA, February 2015

        

Children Learn What They Live

  by 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 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.


Author, Dorothy Louise (McDaniel) Law Nolte, passed away at the age of 81 on November 6, 2005. 
Dorothy and Rachel Harris also wrote the books
"Children Learn What They Live:  Parenting to Inspire Values," and
"Teenagers Learn What They live:  Parenting to Inspire Integrity and Independence."