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May 08, 2006

Children Learn What They Live

When I was growing up, we had a piece of driftwood hanging on the wall with the poem/wisdom Children Learn What They Live on it.

The version we had was a little different from what I find online, and traditionalist that I am, it bothers me I can't find one worded exactly as I remember it.

But it did start the same way, "If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. . ."

Very little of raising our children has to do with "parenting" per say, or "parenting philosophies." It has to do with living our lives, dependent upon God, being sanctified day by day, and living in the moment with our children.

Jo(e) has a wonderful post about this.

(Link to Jo(e) via Moot Thoughts.)

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That's great! I'm going to have to blog about it too :)

Posted by: Amanda at May 9, 2006 10:22 PM

I'm 25 and a mother with a toddler and a second on the way. I grew up sharing a room with my sister and we had that script on the wall until I was four, yet I remember it. I also know that my parents lived it. I recently gave up reading parenting books - my parents lived transparently for Christ and I loved my childhood and, though I see that I am a sinner, who I turned out to be. I do not think my parents have a deep philosophy of child rearing (they were both raised in non-christian homes and came to know the Lord in their early twenties), but they whole-heartedly love God and know they are sinners.

Oh - we had the earliest version - http://www.noogenesis.com/pineapple/Kristone.html.

Emily

Posted by: Emily at May 11, 2006 11:45 AM


 
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