My dad said something to me the other day that got me inspired for a blog post.
We were discussing the change we’re making to our diet and eating habits. He said to me that I wasn’t quite at the stage they are yet, that there was still a way to go and he ended it with “it’s an observation, not a critisism”.
It made me think that that phrase, said in that way and tone was incredibly similar and close to the phrase “I’m not angry I’m disappointed.”
It has long been thought that for your parent to be disappointed it hugely outweighs them being angry. That feeling when your stomach sinks so low when you hear those words.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Is it more disheartening to be critisized or observed? For your parent to be disappointed in you or be angry?
What is worse? A critisism or observation? A parent to be disappointed or angry?