Children Live What They Learn
By Dorothy Law Nolte
If a child lives with hostility – He learns violence
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 encoragement – 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 faith
If a child lives with approval – He learns to like himself
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship – He learns to love the world.
What do you think about this poem?
With this in mind how concerned should we be about outside influences (friends, social structures, music, media) – Does the home invironment automatically overpower these other influences in shaping our children?
What about kids from broken homes…. How can we be influences in their lives helping to reshape them?