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

This book was given to my husband by one of his adult students who enjoyed his class and thought the book might be appreciated. The kids were four and one at the time, so I was still in the middle of babies and toddlers and was still quite uncertain as to how to be a good mother.

Subtitle: Parenting to Inspire Values

Published: 1998

Genre: nonfiction parenting

Length: 224 pages

Summary: The book goes through different values that we should or should not be teaching our children. It also discusses how the parents’ actions affect the development of children, and provided specific examples of each situation.

Final thoughts: I surprisingly good book that had me take a hard look at the values I want to teach my kids. I appreciate when the authors provide specific situations and examples of what to do, and not just talk in generalities. I read the book in chunks in between other books.

Title comes from: The book is based around the poem by the same name by Dorothy Law Nolte:

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 honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
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.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year

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