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Monday, May 14, 2012

What Children Learn

I still haven't completely unpacked from moving.  We've lived in the new house for more than a year, and I'm not completely unpacked.  I could analyze what this says about me, but I'll allow myself that I've been too busy living to worry about unpacking.  ;-)

The significance of having stuff still in boxes is the reason I mentioned that.  I was looking through some of those boxes for a particular book over the weekend.  I didn't find the book I was looking for, but I found another that fit yesterday's Mothers Day theme.

Truth be told: I haven't ever read the book in it's entirety.  For me, merely reading the headings of the chapters was enough to glean the necessary information.  So I'm going to provide the chapter headings for you.  If you choose to delve further, buy the book.  Even though my kids are virtually grown, I think I'll take some time and read it myself.

Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte and Rachel Harris

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 honsty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn resepct.
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.

Have a wonderful day!