My Kids Aren’t Perfect and I’m Okay With That

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  1. Learning to accept constructive criticism leads to learning to ask more questions of yourself along the way. When these students become our future leaders and inherit our country, we hope this will lead to intelligent risk taking and decision making that moves society in a positive direction. Not all “failure” is bad. Innovation comes with failure but leads to knowledge. Change comes with failure but leads to improvement. Learning how to mitigate risk, ask the right questions at the right time, and to continue to push one’s self ultimately leads to success and self improvement. Constructive criticism and growth mentality should be a life long pursuit. One should never “outgrow” it. Excellent message Angie!

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  2. Christ is risen!! Great article as usual Angie. It us sad that someone woukd allow their child to be so protected from real input that they woukd respond in that fashion though. I am sorry to hear that.

    I am also wondering about your use of the word “poured” to mean you looked over, or perused or searched through the comments. I am pretty sure you want the word “pored”. I think to pour really means what we normally think of it meaning and is related to liquid or perhaps something we’re comparing to liquid (like pouring out our emotions, etc). Is this right?

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  3. Angie, another great article. I agree with how people today can’t take criticism, even when it is not really as bad as they think. I do wish I could have “rolled out of the crib and …”. Harsh criticism can break a spirit, but “positive” criticism helps us improve.
    Today, as you said, you can not even give a positive criticism to many. What a shame that it is their way or no way.

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  4. Dear Angelina, your article offered a great insight to me, and I thank you with all my heart. Trying to find a proper and relieving way to say things to another person, especially when it is criticism, is Christian love applied! Many people often consider it political correctness (I used to) or diplomatic language, but I figured out it is not. It is a real charisma from God, given to hearts with filotimo (a perfect Greek word including many virtues, like willingness to unconditional help, courage, generosity, only to name a few of them) to keep His commandments. So, I suppose, when we follow a proper spiritual Christian life, we never reject any criticism, be it bad or custructive, because (as St. Serafim of Viritsa said) all what happens to us is sent by God, either according to His evdokia (intended will) or to what He allows to happen (His kata parahorisi thelema).
    And gradually, by the Grace of God, little by little, when we start and continue accepting absolutely everything with gratitude, we end up welcoming everything, adn we never get disappointed or discouraged.
    If we as parents try to live that, we can easily instill that to our kids by example, becasue God takes over and settles all things that could go wrong.
    This is the absolute joy for the opportunity for improvement towards sanctity.
    God bless you, and keep up the good work.
    Thank for your hospitality…
    Nikolaos from Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Pray also for me, a sinner.

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    1. Thank you Nicholas, for your encouragement and words of Greek! Receiving criticism correctly is a struggle in Christian humility that I continually work on! And, as you said, “everything in gratitude” is the proper response. Pray for me, a sinner.

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