I’ve read this quote from Peggy O’Mara many times. And I need to read it over and over again.
I’m a recovering perfectionist. So my poor kids already have my genetic predisposition for a feisty inner critic. Add an overbearing outer critic to that and we’ve got a recipe for a dangerously detrimental inner voice.
That’s not to say that I don’t correct my kids or encourage improved behavior, but I have to remind myself to be gentle in those reminders and to counter-balance (which is in fact to outweigh) my criticisms with commendations.
Correcting comes easily, but connecting takes effort and awareness.
What thoughts came to your mind when you read this quote?