Skip "Stop Crying": Here Are 10 Better Ways to Talk to Kids When They're Upset by Mike Prochaska

Parenting
14 days ago
Skip "Stop Crying": Here Are 10 Better Ways to Talk to Kids When They're Upset

Do you tend to say “stop crying” to your child when they’re upset about something? Here are 10 things to say to your kids when they’re sad that I feel are better:

  1. “It’s OK to be sad.”
  2. “This is really hard for you. Let me help you find a way to solve this problem.”
  3. “I hear you.”
  4. “Tell me about it.”
  5. “That was really scary/sad.”
  6. “I am here with you.”
  7. “I will help you work it out.”
  8. “I am listening.”
  9. “I hear that you need space. I want to be here for you. I’ll stay close so you can find me when you’re ready.”
  10. “It doesn’t feel fair.”

What do you say to your kids when they're sad or upset?

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Excellent point, Mike Prochaska ! Great alternatives to help kids truly stop crying. Thanks for sharing this!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I love this, Mike Prochaska ! Thank you. "Stop crying" seldom helps someone to stop crying! And that goes for adults too!
Mike Prochaska
I actually wrote this awhile ago not sure why it top but yes

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