Help My Child Accept Criticism and Learn from It
It is a fact kids need to deal with at some point—accepting criticism. They will face criticism at school, in sports, with family, friends, and eventually in a job situation. If kids take criticism too personally, they will allow others to dictate their lives. Kids need to learn that you cannot control or change others; you can only control how you react to them. Kids, like adults, can react to criticism in the following ways: They can ignore it, be motivated by it, reply to it, or let it ruin their positive outlook. Help your child learn how to accept criticism and be motivated by it.
Children need to learn how to deal with criticism in healthy, positive ways because it is nearly impossible to go through life and not face criticism in some fashion. As long as children speak, act, or strive to become better, they will need to deal with criticism from others.
Take it from me: “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”—Aristotle