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Monday, November 14, 2005


Living little but learning large

Dorothy Law Nolte died yesterday at the age of 81. She was an author who may have been best known for her poem Children Learn What They Live.

Here's a brief excerpt from her copyrighted piece. You can find the poem in its entirety here.

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 be shy.
If children live with shame, They learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, They learn confidence.
If children live with security, They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness, They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

The poem is a great piece to print out and put up in a prominent place, like a refrigerator door. It's a nice simple reminder that what we're doing every day when we're handing out cookies, saying Good job!, and holding off that fight until the kids are asleep, is helping these little people grow up to be caring and confident adults.

Okay, back to ignoring the kids so that I can work on my novel. I'm over 25,000 words now yet I'm still waiting for my muse to arrive. She's late. Argh.