CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVEIf a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with jealousy, he learns what envy is.

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative.

If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal.

If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity.

If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice are.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.

If a child lives with friendliness, he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.

If you live with serenity, your child will live with peace of mind.


With what is your child living?

Dorothy Law Nolte

“I Would Do Anything…”

“I Would Do Anything…”There are many parents, perhaps nearly all parents, who would “do anything’ for their children. At least that’s what they say — “I would do anything for my children.” Of course, the key to that statement should be the little word “for.” What is done should really be something that is “for” the children, something that benefits them. It should not be a matter of satisfying every little whim of theirs. Many things done “for” them prove detrimental and harmful. Children, because they are children, do not know what is best for themselves.

Perhaps, also, the word “do” should be underscored. What children need from their parents requires precious time and serious effort. It is often easier to give them something they want or that we want them to have or to provide something for them than to do what we ought to do for them. Day nurseries, public schools, even Bible classes cannot function for parents, that is, they cannot do for the children what the parents must do for them.

Certainly “anything” should be limited, modified and tempered. It should be limited by what is legally, morally, and spiritually right. It should be modified by what parents can afford. And it should be tempered by what will develop the children physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

Surely you would die for your children (like David would have for Absalom, 2 Samuel 18:33), but would you live for them?

Would you provide preventive discipline early on and administer corrective discipline when it is called for? (See Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; Hebrews 12:11.)

Would you diligently teach them right from wrong, and especially would you teach them the word of God personally? (See Ephesians 6:4; compare Deuteronomy 6:6-7.)

Would you set for them the right example in all things? (See 2 Timothy 1:5; Luke 1:5-6.)

Ten Facts of Life

Ten Facts of Life

  1. Prosperity cannot arise and flourish where thrift is discouraged.
  2. The weak cannot be strengthened by weakening the strong.
  3. Small men cannot be made into big men by reducing men who have become big.
  4. The poor cannot be permanently enriched by robbing the well-to-do.
  5. The wage-earner cannot be lifted up by pressing down the wage-payer.
  6. No one can keep out of trouble if he spends more than he earns.
  7. Unity and fraternity cannot be promoted by inciting hatred among men.
  8. There can be no sound security on borrowed money.
  9. Character and ability cannot be built by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
  10. Men cannot be helped permanently by doing things for them which they can and should do themselves.

(Author Unknown)