How to Handle Criticism: The Mom's Guide

No one likes being told what they’re doing wrong, or what they’re not good at. However, it is hearing other’s opinions that can help improve your relationships, job satisfaction, and academic performance. As a mom, we have to show our children how to accept and handle criticism so they can learn too.

There is a such thing as destructive criticism, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Constructive criticism is thoughtful feedback that help gain insight into our actions and increase other’s trust in us.

The low-down:

1. Don’t be too sensitive. Take it in, process it, and determine if it is helpful or rude. Try to hear what someone is really saying to you.

2. Respond calmly, even if it was not nice. Show your kids how to kill ’em with kindness.

3. Make a plan- consider the area that was being critiqued. Even if you disagree and think you’re awesome in that area, you need to reevaluate. Your ability and the perception of your ability may not be in line. Take a few minutes to make a plan to improve that area.

How do you accept criticism and learn from it?

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