Offering Reassurance

When a child bursts into tears or a tantrum, his perspective on the world has momentarily shattered. His mind can no longer take in information—he can’t make sense of anything. Hurt has flashed, big and hot, and his life feels broken. Every cry has its own particular feel, its own unique emotional tenor. We can’t know precisely what our children feel during these emotional moments, but it’s clear that these moments feel dire.

Click here to read more of this article by Patty Wipfler, September 2009 column for “The Connected Parent” at

You can access more of Patty’s articles at Clever Parents.

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