Things to say instead of “Stop crying”

Often, our go-to response when a child is sad, angry or scared is to want to stop them feeling/looking that way…either by telling them to stop it, or by masking or hiding whatever it is that’s causing the emotions.

It’s important we don’t do that – that we acknowledge these natural, useful, and sometimes uncomfortable emotions and teach our children it’s ok to feel these things, and show how they feel.

29425240_1027663640715337_4824216235168960364_nThat way we can then teach how to manage and cope when we do feel uncomfortable emotions!