Children Learn What They Live

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“We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of human kind.”

~ We the Children: End decade review of the follow up to the Wold Summit for Children, Report of the Secretary General, 2011

Children Learn What They Live

by Dorothy Law Nolte

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 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?

I love this poem of Dorothy Law Nolte, I first read it in Italian version way back in 1999, at Casa del Sorriso, a kindergarten ran by Filipina nuns near the Como-Chiasso border. I searched for it in its original English version and here it is, sharing to everyone who loves kids, who has kids and all of us who had been once upon a time kids! 

If we do everything for our children, they will grow to be irresponsible adults, incapable of making decisions and bewildered by the fact that the world holds them accountable for choices. Exercise unconditional love, patience, respect and praise with our children when teaching them how to be responsible and they will learn that responsibility has its own rewards.

For all parents like me, wishing you great luck with your growing kids as we prepare them as our legacy for the humanity.”

Angelica, reflections

Author of the books:

 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states the rights of all children and young people under 18:

 CARED FOR

All organisations concerned with children, for example, schools and the health service, should work towards what is best for each child. Article 3

All children have a right to a birth certificate. Article 7

Children should not be separated from their parents unless it is for their

own good. For instance, if a parent is hurting their child or not taking

care of them properly. Article 9

If parents decide to live apart, children have the right to stay in contact

with both parents. Article 9

Families who live in different countries have the right to get back together and live in the same place. Article 10

 

PROTECTION

All children should be protected from violence, abuse and neglect, and governments should protect them. Article 19

Children should not be allowed to do work that is dangerous or might make them ill, or stops them going to school. Article 32

Children have a right to be protected from dangerous drugs, and from the business of making or selling them. Article 33

Nobody can do anything to your body that you do not want them to do, and grown-ups should protect you. Article 34

No child should be punished in a way that humiliates or hurts them. Article 37

 

PARTICIPATION

 All children have a right to be able to give their opinion when adults are making a decision that will affect them, and adults should take it seriously. Article 12

All children have a right to find out things, and say what they think through speaking, writing, drawing etc. unless it breaks the rights of others. Article 13

All children have the right to meet, make friends with, and join clubs with other children. Article 15

All children have the right to privacy. Article 16

All children have the right to information from TV, radio, newspapers and the internet. These media should provide information that children can understand. Article 17

 

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

 All children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practice their religion. Article 14

 Parents should help children learn what is right and wrong. Article 14

Children who are refugees or asylum seekers in another land have the right to special protection.They have the same rights as children who were born in that country.Article 22

Children who come from a minority group have the right to learn and use the language and customs of their families. Also to practice their own religion and use their own language. Article 30

EDUCATION AND PLAY

All children have the right to an education. Article 28

The purpose of education is to develop every child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities. Article 29

Education should teach children to respect their parents, their own and other cultures. Article 29

Education should prepare children to live responsibly and peacefully in a free society. Article 29

Education should teach children to respect the natural environment. Article 29

All children have the right to relax and play, and to join a wide range of activities. Article 31

 

SURVIVAL AND DEVELOPMENT

 All children have the right to an education. Article 28

The purpose of education is to develop every child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities. Article 29

Education should teach children to respect their parents, their own and other cultures. Article 29

Education should prepare children to live responsibly and peacefully in a free society. Article 29

Education should teach children to respect the natural environment. Article 29

All children have the right to relax and play, and to join a wide range of activities. Article 31

 

REHABILITATION AND CARE

 Children under the age of 16 years should not take a direct part in any conflict. Article 38

Children who are affected by an armed conflict should have special protection and care. Article 38

Children who have suffered in any way have a right to get help in a safe place, to help them recover. Article 39

CREDITS: Rights of Every Child – Unicef.org

Children Learn What They Live – Dorothy Law Nolte

                       Photography: A. van Doorn

One thought on “Children Learn What They Live

  1. If we do everything for our children, they will grow to be irresponsible adults, incapable of making decisions and bewildered by the fact that the world holds them accountable for choices. Exercise unconditional love, patience, respect and praise with our children when teaching them how to be responsible and they will learn that responsibility has its own rewards.

    For all parents like me, wishing you great luck with your growing kids as we prepare them as our legacy for the humanity.

    best regards,
    Angelica
    http://www.angelicahopes.com

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