After locating the Desideirata CD by Les Crain, I just had to see this in text and found it on Google:
Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
This was so popular that it even came in a small printed doc I got from a baby milk formula co, when I gave birth to my first. At first I was angry at the negatives, which I related to strongly, comparing them to my own dismal childhood. BUT the second half was so very encouraging and enlightening. Being me, I felt a heavy sense of responsibility. (I also had post partum depression)
Rereading it now some 30 years later I think it such a thing of great wisdom. Understanding of why I was the way I was, and knowing no other way, but determined not to repeat the past in parenting my own children. Despite my deep depressions, the kids turned out A OK.
These sort of "wisdoms" were very mainstream. Framed. Calligraphies were very hanging on our walls. Copies exchanged, friend to friend. Never realized that it was such an era of encouragement, exhortations, and availability of self help. There was a book "How to be your own Best Friend", "What do you Say when you Talk to Yourself", and I am sure I will remember more as I get deeper into my current quest for positive thinking, and stroll down memory lane. Pop psych books today are sometimes just money makers for the publishers, catchy promises.
If you look it up, as always, take what you like, and leave the rest.
If interested, other versions were written similar, enhanced, to the original that you may see here:
Children Learn what they A Chronology of Different Versions. My favorite being Children Learn What They Live (2005) by Duen Hsi Yen
Mrs. Nolte also wrote a similar book for teens, titled "Teenagers Learn What They Live," in 2002.
Have not found a copy of just the poem on line. Book is on Amazon
Post Edited (Trying to Understand) : 10/4/2010 5:45:16 AM (GMT-6)