(Free ad: you can see this tarpaulin at the gate of Lifetime; Chloe, raising both her arms)
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 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 acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
Where lessons learned last a Lifetime…
(Extreme right: Chloe raising her left arm)
I love this poem so much. I was in my 4th grade when I read and learned about this poem. Although I have forgotten some of the lines when I grew up, I am so thankful to have found this poem at the back of Chloe’s baby book. I hope that we, parents, should try to apply this to our children to make them confident, competent and mold them into a better person as well.