Finding Your Kernel of Truth (7-10-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:         You can decide what part of a criticism is true.

Practice:      When a criticism is directed to you today, stop and think what part of the criticism might be a “kernel” of truth.  Here’s how that works.

If someone were to say to you, “You always make mistakes,” you would ask yourself if you did in fact make a mistake.  If so, that could be the criticism’s kernel of truth, and you can figure out what you can do to avoid making that mistake in the future.

Then, you could throw away the “always” in the criticism by remembering this was only one specific mistake made only today –one you now know how to avoid in the future.  Try this type of thinking today if anyone criticizes you. (Thanks to Jean Illsley Clarke for explaining kernels of truth in criticisms.)

Let us know which tips you like the best or any others you think of that you want to pass along to others.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Correct; Don’t Criticize – Part 1.

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