Dorothy Law Nolte (January 12, 1924 – November 6, 2005) was an American writer and family counselor. She wrote a poem on childrearing, "Children Learn What They Live," for a weekly family column for The Torrance Herald in 1954. The poem was widely circulated by readers as well as distributed to millions of new parents by a maker of baby formula. She copyrighted it in 1972, and in 1998 expanded it into a book, co-authored with Rachel Harris, "Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values." At the time of Mrs. Nolte's death, the book had more than 3 million copies in print worldwide and had been translated into 18 languages, according to its publisher, Workman Publishing. Mrs. Nolte and Ms. Harris also collaborated on "Teenagers Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Integrity and Independence," (Workman Publishing, 2002).
With her second husband, Claude Nolte, Ms. Nolte also co-authored the book, "Wake Up in Bed, Together! A Handbook for Sexual Repatterning" (Stein & Day, 1975).
- Dorothy Law Nolte PhD, Rachel Harris LCSW, PhD. Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values. Workman Publishing Company, 1998. ISBN 978-0-7611-0919-8
- Dorothy Law Nolte PhD, Rachel Harris LCSW, PhD. Teenagers Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Integrity & Independence. Workman Publishing Company, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7611-2138-1
- Fox, Margalit. Dorothy Nolte, 81, Author of Parenting Poem, Dies. The New York Times, November 20, 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-20
- Reed, Christopher. Dorothy Nolte. The Guardian, January 5, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-20
- About Dorothy Law Nolte Workman Publishing website
- Children Learn What They Live. A Chronology of Differing Versions by Duen Hsi Yen.
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