Throughout preschool, kindergarten and first grade, my daughter had been the lucky student of nurturing, praising teachers. At home, she has family members who acknowledge her successes generously. This year, she is having her first experience with someone who is not easy to please.
We cannot get through life without someone expressing their opinion about what's best (or not) for our life. Opinions are not the problem; everyone has them, and it's actually healthy to express them. But what's not healthy is allowing other people's opinions to dictate the decisions we make.