Helping Children Accept Criticism

Helping Children Accept Criticism

Helping children to accept criticism in a positive way is essential for their proper emotional development. Understand the failures, frustrations or disappointments that can accompany a criticism and see them as an opportunity to reflect and change will allow them to make better decisions in the future.

Error is part of life and criticism is inevitable. In our eagerness to see our children happy, many parents focus on making life so much easier for them that we avoid any kind of suffering or frustration, so on many occasions we avoid criticizing their behavior or work. Nevertheless, It is necessary for children to learn and understand that not everything they do or say is correct or liked by everyone.

Because one of the causes of the little tolerance to frustration of today's children and their inability to face criticism and failure is the excess of parental protection. Those of us with the best of intentions praise or allow everything they do for fear of hurting their self-esteem and self-concept.

Children must learn that criticism is part of life, just as error is. All of us, without exception, make mistakes and accepting them does not leave us in a bad place, on the contrary, it is a sign of emotional maturity. Teaching children to listen and accept criticism is part of the emotional education that every parent should try

It is necessary to teach to see criticism as an opportunity we have to correct something or to improve the way we interact with others.

The way in which we react to criticism or the opinions of third parties, be they positive or negative, will depend on our way of being, our self-esteem and therefore the confidence we have in ourselves. The more we trust ourselves, the better we will fit the opinions of others.

Accepting criticism in a positive way is part of the repertoire of social skills that children should learn throughout their childhood to become future assertive adults. That is, socially skilled people, capable of listening to the opinions of others without feeling attacked by their comments. For this, it is necessary to empower children with a good self-esteem that gives them enough confidence in themselves so that a criticism does not affect them negatively.

Shy and insecure children, with low self-esteem and poor self-concept are the ones who will have the greatest difficulties when it comes to accepting criticism, even if it is constructive. So it is necessary to work on them positive thinking, self-reinforcement. A strategy that gives children the opportunity to believe in themselves that is based on learning to motivate themselves, to say positive things to themselves and to change their internal speech. Change the 'I don't know how to do it' for an 'I don't know how to do it yet', change the 'I know I can't' to 'and what happens if I try?', Change the 'how bad I have done it' for 'a very good, I have tried, next time it will surely be better'.

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