Today I have been giving much thought to criticism. As a writer, a mother, or even a human we need to develop thick skins. There will be plenty of people constantly telling you what your way is wrong. There seems to be a thin line between being part of the problem and part of the solution. If you are not one you are the other.
Being part of the Problem: This is just being mean,even if it is true. Being critical and being supportive are not the same. As a mother, I must be careful not to fall into this category when dealing with my children.
Being part of the solution: This method builds you up encourages you while you are being corrected. To provide positive criticism requires patience and wisdom.
My head is swirling with many thoughts on the topic, but the impression I keep feeling is to provide a gentle reminder to be part of the solution. To encourage one another in all righteous endeavors. And to those who have been on the receiving in of poorly given criticism, to please remember that good criticism is skill that not all have developed.