Brene Brown, in her book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love Parent and Lead (2012) writes: “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
One of the articles in the book, Leading Early Childhood Programs (part of the Art of Leadership series), encourages early childhood leaders to practice becoming “intentional in our self-acceptance,” so we won’t be afraid to let ourselves be seen. Self-acceptance often stems from becoming more aware of that “critical voice” in our head and “asking it to be much kinder.”
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Criticism has a negative connotation. However the core of the practice is the 'critical' thinking aspect that is vital for accurate self reflection and improving ourselves.
It is when the criticism comes with vitriol toward ourselves- anger, frustration, disappointment that we are damaged by it.
Looking at ourselves critically through a lens of gentle kindness is the best way to retrain our brains.
Yes, its important to have positive self-acceptance. But I would like a discussion of how early childhood people support people in its own community. In my experience as an early childhood professional all of my life, i have determined that our community is one of the most destructive and negative there is. We do not seem very good at nurturing and supporting each other! I think we need a lot of intentional work in this area.