Fact Sheets : Children Learn What They Live

Children in a way are like tape recorders or parrots. They mimic or repeat what they hear and importantly what they see or observe. This is true for behavior, attitude and the formation of morals and lifestyle choices. The following text, from an unknown author describes this point very well. The poem can serve as a guide for parents, who must make sure that they realize that teaching is not only verbal but it is non verbal too.

  • 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 tolerance, they learn to be patient.
     
  • If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
     
  • If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
     
  • If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
     
  • If children live with security, they learn to have faith.
     
  • If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
     
  • If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.

Author Unknown