Positive words for positive parenting
Positive parenting or positive discipline at its simplest definition is gentle and loving guidance when raising your child. Positive words play a crucial role in positive parenting. They say that words can make or break a child and words that are said to children do indeed directly affect their social development and self-esteem. Children that live in an environment where they are unloved and constantly criticised with harsh words grow up less confident and social than children who are loved and encouraged. It was the late author Dorothy Law Nolte who moist poignantly brought this home in a poem that became world famous. In the 1950’s Dorothy Law note wrote a weekly column on family matters for The Torrance Herald, a local newspaper for Torrance California that was published from 1954 – 1964 . One week with the deadline for print looming she found she had nothing to write about and in a moment of genius she composed the following poem.
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 feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte
Isn’t it interesting that with almost all of the verses , positive words factor into whether the child will grow to have a positive or negative character. Here at the positive words dictionary we help thousands of parents find positive words to say to their children. Our web page Positive words to describe a person is a very popular positive parenting resource and can be found at the link below.
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