The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
Last week I wrote about the three types of friends I think every parent should have. I know that having people in my life who don’t pass judgement on my parenting choices is very important to me. In fact, in today’s critical world, it is crucial to have a support system.
Not everyone will be supportive of us, however. Parents especially seem to invite scrutiny from others. Everyone has an opinion on how children should be raised and some of us find ourselves getting advice (and lectures) practically from the moment we announce that we’re starting a family.
Encounters with those who make us feel like our lives are under their microscope can be emotionally exhausting, to say the least. Then, there are those who take it a step further and openly criticize our parenting.
- Fact #1: We aren’t going to be able to please everyone.
- Fact #2: There are those who want to make sure we know that!
Normally, I am my own worst critic, but there are a few people that I cross paths with in life whom I suspect are trying for that title. Perhaps you’ve got someone in your life like that, too?
Now, I don’t always handle criticism perfectly. However, I am much better at handling criticism than I was, especially as a new parent.
I’ve learned some coping techniques over the years and picked up some things from parents wiser than I. I want to share a few of those with you today, in case you find yourself struggling with criticism.
Here are three strategies for dealing with criticism that work for me: