When Your Kid is Upset

a displeased girl screaming in anger

Kids get upset.

And us parents, we get so much advice on what we’re supposed to do when they get upset.

Distract them.

Try to fix it.

Yell at them.

Send them to their room.

Give them consequences.

Shame them for being a bad boy or girl.

Here’s what I believe.

I believe that our kids know exactly what we have taught them – and they can’t be expected to know any more than that.

Every time you experience a negative emotion, you are teaching them.

Ask yourself: How did I behave the last time I felt angry, annoyed, frustrated, or hurt?

Now ask yourself: Is this how I expect my child to behave when they experience negative feelings?

If not, I’d like to offer the chance to change your curriculum.

Your child is worth it.

And so are you.

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