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Just Sharing for Happy Women’s History Month

“It’s spring cleaning time around the house. I found a faded newspaper clipping of one of my favorite poems, written by Dorothy Law Nolte. You can read the entire poem on the link below.  Here is an excerpt:


Children Learn What They Live

” 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, the learnt confidence.”


Journal prompt: What was your experience in childhood? Do any of these examples stand out for you?

I  especially like the last line because it ends on a positive thought. 🙂  Here’s to an encouraging happy ending.





I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

2 thoughts on “Just Sharing for Happy Women’s History Month

  1. I remember that poem. It is so in touch with the influence of how a child is parented. It also reminds me of the line in the song from The King and I – “You’ve got to be carefully taught.” – speaking of prejudice. I was encouraged by my parents, but even then there is much to learn on your own – which I think is a good thing. Being confident can take time.

  2. Oh yes! And we survived. All of it. I am so glad to be my age. We did all our crazy stuff before the age of the internet. (Thank you Jesus, as they say).I would NOT want to be raising kids in today’s world. Nowadays, everybody’s a movie star! :0

    PS: I think I need to go back and take the first blogging class over again!

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