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Children Learn What They Live

By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

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

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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If you are a teacher or parent looking for a good way to tie in Indian Education with American History, Geology, and Geography, then teach your children about Devils Tower National Monument (Bear Lodge).

Click How is Devils Tower A Sacred Site to American Indians? for a nice overview.

Here’s a picture of Terri on our most recent visit.  We are always in awe and humbled when we leave this sacred and historical place.

When our son was much younger we took him here after Sundance. He has always been a very loving person, and he has such a gentle heart. He saw how quietly and respectfully we carried ourselves, and he did the same. (As parents, we understand that our children learn by observation and imitation. We don’t have to holler at them to get them to do “what we want.” We must be accountable for our own actions.) When we leaned our bellies up against the Earth, he did also…and the overwhelming love he experienced moved him to tears. It takes a lot of courage to be able to cry – he has the heart of a warrior. He will always remember that the Earth is our home, and that we are all connected.

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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A friend of ours who works in the field of education called us after reading our blogs last week.  She was feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of bullying.  It was bringing up memories from her own childhood, and that brought her to tears.

When you’re reading about a topic (such as bullying) and you begin to have recall experiences associated with emotion – sadness, anger, depression, helplessness or despair – it can be a gift. It means you have been carrying past experiences in your cellular memory, and are now releasing them. It means you can put things in perspective, and have the opportunity to move forward in a lighter and more loving way.

This is a time of change and healing. As children, many of us weren’t protected by the adults who loved us in our lives. That does not mean they didn’t love us. As adults, we have the power to protect our children, and the power to teach them to protect each other.. That is a beautiful thing.

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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