crying...can be trying
Sometimes children from age 3 to age 5 seem to be crying all the time! They cry when they are scared, frustrated, angry, lonely – the list could go on and on. From the parental point of view, the reason a child is crying may often seem irrational, even humorous.
In his popular blog called “Reasons My Son Is Crying” dad Greg Pembroke shares photos of his son Charlie with a caption that explain was triggered the crying episode such as “I wouldn’t let him eat mud,” and “He asked me to put butter on his rice. I put butter on his rice.” Many other parents have chimed in with their own photo experiences of crying jags.
While maintaining your sense of humor is a noble parenting strategy, frequent crying episodes can also leave parents feeling extremely frustrated and at the end of their rope. When children cry it can shake a parent’s confidence or make a parent worry that their child is “spoiled” somehow.
If you find yourself in this predicament, keep in mind a preschool point of view. Young children are in the process of developing emotionally. They cannot control their upset. They cannot calm down quickly with a reasonable explanation or logical approach. How we walk our children through their upset can help them strengthen their emotional toolkit. (see: The Power of Acknowledgement)
Did you know?
Research indicates that crying is a healing mechanism that allows people to cope with stress and trauma. Crying can be considered a natural repair kit with which every child is born. Let’s acknowledge a truth: crying can be trying. These resources are a great starting point: