What They Live


                                               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.


                                              MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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10 Responses to What They Live

  1. Subhan Zein says:

    I remembered reading a poem that sounded like this long time ago. It was a translation in Bahasa Indonesia, our national language. The sentiment is still the same. Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays, blessings and love to you ♥

  2. Wise words! Happy New Year.

  3. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I have seen this poem a number of times and have it saved at home amongst my teaching materials. It is an important reminder that adults serve as the role models for children. They see, hear, and sense are authenticity. It is all about relationships in the moment with children.

  4. Wonderful post, and may it bless a lot of parents and children. Are you familiar with what I think is called ‘Wednesday’s Child’? It carries a similar thought about children who are born on Wednesday turning out to be wicked or evil and is if I remember correctly specific to one small country. I hadn’t thought about it for years and was horrified by every minute of reading about it. What we do to children in the name of intelligence is appalling.

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