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9 Things To Say Instead Of ‘Stop Crying’

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Tiny humans have big emotions, that much is true. As parents, we get to deal with a lot of feelings, and while approaching their feelings is of the utmost importance, the last thing you want to do is invalidate them.I grew up in a time in which my parents did not understand much about emotional invalidation.

It was pretty common for parents and caregivers to say, “Stop crying!” or “Stop crying, or I’ll give you something to cry about.” However, modern research shows that this directly links to emotional instability.

Even worse, it completely misses the mark, which is an opportunity to help emotionally coach your child to be equipped to manage their big feelings.So, now that is all out of the way, here are some ways you can approach their emotions and cry without emotionally causing harm.Even if your child insists they do not want help, they do need to know that you have their back when they need it.Acknowledging that you hear them and understand them is a big move that is much needed.

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