Children Learn What They Live

I just (re)discovered this while poking around in my pc archives. I came across it years ago, and had forgotten about it; I’m sure it’s to be found all over the place, but as I haven’t come across it recently, let’s share it together here again.


If a child lives with criticism, she learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, she learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilt.

If a child lives with tolerance, she learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise, she learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he or she learns to find love in the world.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on June 19, 2012, in Poem - Not Written By Me Though and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. If a child lives with love, the child lives.

    Very, very beautiful Ben!!

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  2. I have always loved this one.

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  3. very touching Ben…thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • How wonderful to have you back! ๐Ÿ˜€ Missed you, my friend.


      • Thank you….i’ve been here and there but keeping quiet lately…Missed you too and hope your doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • When your site closed down I thought you must have decided to no longer bother with WP. Glad that’s not the case. Yes, I am fine for the most part, thanks. And I still have some more sections of the notes I started for you to complete. One of these days … ๐Ÿ™‚

        And how are things with you?


  4. I do believe this should be required reading for all new parents…thank you Ben. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A very nice poem Ben. All children should be treated in such a way as your poem reads.

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  6. I have this on a postcard in our “school” room. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I remember this from back when my sons were young. Thanks Ben, it was good to read it again!

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