Because this is so important, every single day, I’d like to share this again. I’d be grateful if you’d spread it around the web, as I hope these ideas – which are not original to me – will positively impact other families, as well as my own.
There’s a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D., titled “Children Learn What They Live”. You can find the book with the original work here, and a slightly different version of the poem follows below, shown on a lovely afghan:
A disclaimer belongs here – this poem is often viewed as being somewhat humanistic. I cannot wholly disagree with any part of it, though. Too often our pride causes us to lash out in anger at the deficiencies we think we see in our children. What will others think, right? What will others say about us when we aren’t around? Our insecurities about what we see wrong in ourselves causes us to overreact when trying to shape our children into what we wish we could be. Our criticism of any child – ours or others’ – could come from any number of things, few (if any) of them…
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