I don’t know everything, nor is everything I do done in the best way possible. Because of that, I appreciate when others take the time to show me ways in which I can improve various aspects of my life.
Yesterday, I had a long conversation with someone who offered me several ideas and suggestions on how to better raise my autistic son. Along with their recommendations, they were also very quick to advise me not to carry out certain plans that I had in mind.
I can already hear people saying, “What? No one should tell you how to raise your kid.” I disagree, however. Parenting is a lifelong journey of mistakes and learning. No parent is perfect. If someone has good suggestions, or thinks that my choices will cause more harm than good, then I want to hear them.
The recommendations given to me yesterday kept me up almost all night long with excitement. I’m thrilled at the possibilities and the new challenges that are ahead. They are going to be great for my son! Why would I not want to listen to, and then apply ideas that will benefit him? Shouldn’t we all want what’s best for our kids?
Constructive criticism can come from many different people, and in a variety of environments. Your boss, a teacher, a parent, your spouse, a stranger, and even fellow bloggers (like my blogging friend, Doobster – thank you). We all have areas in which we can improve, and ideas of how to do so can come from anyone.
However, if we don’t lay down our pride long enough to listen to the suggestions of others, then how will we ever improve?
How do you handle constructive criticism?