Setting an Example

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It is commonplace how easily a child of three or four picks up a foreign language if exposed to it without any formal teaching.  Yet we are unwilling to admit that a child of the same age picks up our unconscious attitudes and prejudices without being taught–and often retains these longer than any of his formal education.

Sydney J. Harris

Today’s quote has a very important message concerning how children easily pick up the attitudes and prejudices that they see from the people in their lives.  We should always be mindful of how what we do and say can so easily be embraced by a child, whether we are a parent, a teacher, a friend or a neighbor.

For years, I have kept a notebook of quotes that I found to be significant.  This particular quote was something that I added to my journal when I was in my early 20’s, sometime back in the ’70’s.  I think it stood the test of time. Sydney Harris was a journalist for the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Daily News who passed away in 1986.

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5 thoughts on “Setting an Example

  1. amiewrites74 February 25, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    This is so true. Children are sponges. Even when we think they aren’t watching and/or listening, they are.

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  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature February 25, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Yeah, really great quote and I so agree. Thanks for putting it out there.

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  3. Ginny February 26, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I second what Amiewrites74 said. Children hear and see more than we think they do. They take in everything.

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