Combatting Criticism: The Art of Shrugging

I’ve had to teach my son the art of the shrug. It began when several times a day he would come to me in a heated fury with a remark like, “Mommy, she said I wasn’t a boy!”

What do you tell a four year old who feels his masculinity is in question? Well, I told my son to shrug it off. “You are a boy, aren’t you? You know you are. So just shrug it off, son. It’s not worth a fight.”
But “shrugging” criticism isn’t always easy. The hurtful remarks and cynicism can pierce pretty deeply sometimes. Why? Because the words prey upon our fears and doubts. When our convictions aren’t nailed down, when we feel a little uneasy or inadequate, the criticism haunts us…
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