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Building up the Personality – Childhood

August 1, 2007

If children live with criticism,
They learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,
They learn to fight.

If children live withh 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 be shy.

If children live with disappointment,
They learn to feel helpless.

If children live with jealousy,
They learn what envy is.

If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement,
They learn to be confident.

If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate.

If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance,
They learn to find love in the world.

If children live with recognition,
They learn to have a goal.

If children live with sharing,
They learn to be generous.

If children live with honesty and fairness,
They learn what truth and justice are.

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.

If children live with serenity,
They learn to have a peaceful mind.

With what are your children living?

– Dorothy Law Nolte

(My comment: What were those you had in your childhood?)

(To continue…)

2 Comments leave one →
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    August 2, 2007 3:39 pm

    Wow! everything mentioned here is very very true…. Thanks for sharing. I’ve personally had all kinds of experiences in my childhood, but fortunately, i guess, i’ve had more of those good ones mentioned in later part of the poem.

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