“Children Learn What They Live” was written by by Dorothy Law Nolte. It helps parents raise happy and loving children, giving them insight on how children perceive the world, helping them to understand their children’s fears, their joys and the way they think and feel. It helps parents to be more mindful in dealing with stressful and frustrating situations encountered in everyday family life, helping them to avoid over-reacting to “last-straw” situations. It helps parents understand their children’s needs and treat them with the love and respect they deserve.
The book is based on a poem written in 1954, by the same author. Each line of the poem is discussed and expanded into an entire chapter. What follows is an in depth look at how each theme translates into real life situations. With the use of anecdotes depicting everyday family life, the author shows us how we can break negative patterns and transform them into an opportunity for positive growth.
Although this book was written with parents in mind, it is also very useful to anyone involved in childhood education, especially Suzuki teachers. The Suzuki spirit of educating children, outlined in the book “Nurtured by Love” by Shinichi Suzuki, shares the same philosophy outlined in this book. They are both based on the belief that children are our future and that we can build a better world by educating our children to be caring individuals.
“Children Learn What They Live” is easy to read and easy to understand. It is filled with simple yet powerful truths and has become a classic among books on parenting.