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.
Poem by Dorothy Law Nolte.
This poem has been around for years. I even remember my mom having it framed and hung in our house when I was a child. I have a wallet size version of it in my office and when I am having a rough day it is always a good reminder why I do what I do. We only get one shot at raising our children and I try and do the best I can everyday (even though I fail so often)!
If you have little ones, try and love them like there is no tomorrow. They will be grown and gone in a flash!
Mommy and Daddy love you more than anything in this world, Cole!