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What House Do You Live In?


"I got two A's," the small boy cried. 
His voice was filled with glee. 
His father very bluntly asked, 
"Why didn't you get three?" 
"Mom. I've got the dishes done!"
The girl called from the door. 
Her mother very calmly said, 
"And did you sweep the floor?"
"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said,
"And put the mower away!"
His father asked him, with a shrug. 
"Did you clean off the clay?" 
The children in the house next door 
Seem happy and content. 
The same things happened over there, 
But this is how it went: 
"I got two A's," the small boy cried, 
His voice was filled with glee. 
His father proudly said, "That's great!
I'm glad you live with me!"
"Mom I've got the dishes done! 
The girl called from the door.
Her mother smiled and softly said. 
"Each day I love you more." 
"I've mowed the grass." the tall boy said. 
"And put the mower away!"
His father answered with much joy. 
"You've made my happy day!" 
Children deserve a little praise 
For tasks they're asked to do 
If they're to lead a happy life. 
So much depends on you.

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    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 ridicule,

    they learn to be shy.

    If children live with tolerance,

    they learn to be patient.

    If children live with encouragement,

    they learn confidence.

    If children live with praise,

    they learn to appreciate.

    If children live with fairness,

    they learn justice.

    If children live with security,

    they learn faith.

    If children live with approval,

    they learn to like themselves.

    If children live with acceptance, and friendship,

    they learn to find love in the world.

Author Unknown

 
Behavior Labeling
If an adult is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it
    recognition.
If a child is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it
    bribery.
If an adult laughs, we call it socializing.
If a child laughs, we call it misbehaving.
If an adult writes in a book we call it doodling.
If a child writes in a book we call it destroying property.
If an adult sticks to something we call it perseverance.
If a child sticks to something we call it stubbornness.
If an adult seeks help we call it consulting.
If a child seeks help we call it whining.
If an adult is not paying attention we call it preoccupation.
If a child is not paying attention we call it distractibility.
If an adult forgets something we call it absentmindedness.
If a child forgets something we call it attention deficit.
If an adult tells his side of a story we call it clarification.
If a child tells his side of a story we call it talking back.
If an adult raises his voice in anger we call it maintaining control.
If a child raises his voice in anger we call it a temper tantrum.
If an adult hits a child we call it discipline.
If a child hits a child we call it fighting.
If an adult behaves in an unusual way we call him unique.
If a child behaves in an unusual way we refer him for a
    psychological evaluation.
Written by Dixie Fletcher
Reprinted from "Throughout Arizona," published by Pilot Parent Partnerships, Inc.
 
 
I Know Everything
    There is something I don't know
    that I am supposed to know.
    I don't know what it is I don't know,
    and yet I am supposed to know,
    And I feel I look stupid
    if I seem both not to know it
    and not know what it is I don't know.
    Therefore, I pretend I know it.
    There is nerve-wracking since I don't know
    what I must pretend to know.
    Therefore, I pretend I know everything
    R. D. Laing, "Knots" (1970) 
     

     

    The Average Child
    I don't cause teachers trouble
    my grades have been okay.
    I listen in my classes
    and I'm in school everyday.

    My teachers think I'm average,
    my parents think so too.
    I wish I didn't know that
    cause there's lots I'd like to do.

    I would like to build a rocket
    I have a book that tells you how,
    or start a stamp collection
    well no use in trying now.

    Cause since I found I'm average
    I'm just smart enough you see
    to know there is nothing special
    that I should expect of me.

    I am part of the majority,
    that hump part of the bell,
    who spends his life unnoticed
    in an average kind of hell.
    Anonymous

                        Unity Poem

                I dreamed I stood in a studio
             and watched two sculptors there
               The clay they used was
                 a young child's mind
             And they fashioned it with care

                 One was a teacher:
             the tools that were used were
                books, music, and art.
                 One was a parent
         with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart

             Day after day the teacher toiled
           with a touch that was deft and sure,
           While the parent labored side by side
            and polished and smoothed it o'er.

            And when at last the task was done
         They were proud of what they had wrought.
         For the things they had molded into the child,
                Could never be forgot.

           And they agreed each would have failed
              If either had worked alone.
           For behind the parent stood the school,
            and behind the teacher, the home.

                  Author Unknown 

 

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