Original version (public domain)

Children Learn What They Live



If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

Kristone

Newer version replaces child with children, and has additional lines inserted into it:

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 be shy.
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 in those around them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If children live with serenity, they learn to have peace of mind.
With what are your children living?

© Dorothy L. Nolte, All rights reserved.

If you liked this version, you can find it in:

Canfield, J. and Hansen, M.V. (1993). "Chicken Soup for the Soul," Health Communications:Deerfield Beach, FL.

This book was #1 on the NY Times bestseller list and sold 30 million copies in the first 5 years! It was translated into at least 29 languages. You can also subscribe to Chicken Soup Home Delivery and get their inspirational stories e-mailed to you each day. Here are some more stories from their books.

Also check out Jack Canfield's and Mark Hansen's version of "Starfish."

Last updated 21 May 1999


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