How Am I Bringing Up My Kids?

If a child lives with conflict; he or she soon learns to fight
If a child lives with fear; then she learns to be apprehensive
If a child lives with pity; she learns to feel sorry for herself
If a child lives with ridicule; she learns to be shy
If a child lives with shame; she learns to feel guilty
But, if a child lives with encouragement; she learns confidence
If a child lives with tolerance; she learns to be patient
If a child lives with praise; she learns to appreciate
If a child lives with acceptance; she learns to love

There is a child in us all, so let us love and care for each other! (1 Jn. 4:7, 11) You may then ask: “But how?” By being…

Slow to suspect yet quick to trust; slow to condemn, quick to defend
Slow to offend, quick to justify; slow to expose, quick to shield
Slow to belittle, quick to appreciate; slow to demand, quick to donate
Slow to provoke, quick to win over; slow to hinder, quick to help
Slow to resent and quick to give, give, give and forgive!

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