Did you ever see that Seinfeld where Jerry dates the crybaby? “My frankfurter!!!”
I’m so tired of all the crying. Anyone else feel me on this one? I seriously think my 3-soon-to-be-4-year-old cries way more than my 4-MONTH old. I want him to just suck it up sometimes, ya know?
Of course there are legitimate reasons for crying for a child (or anyone, really.) But it’s tricky to always determine what these are. There are times when I have wanted to cry when I stepped on a toy. But the wail of anguish that Will lets out when HE steps on a toy sometimes seems to be a bit much. And even that seems justified. He cries about everything though: dropping his food on the floor, not getting to watch a movie, having to clean up his toys, the possibility of Lucas taking his toy or wrecking his tracks, and on and on and on…
And of course it’s not just Will. Lucas and Ellie do their fair share of crying. My friend asked me the other day, “How’s Ellie? How her crying?” to which I responded, “Oh she’s really good at it.” But I of course excuse all of Ellie’s crying (free pass for babies) and usually let Lukey’s slide too…for now. And don’t even get me STARTED on me. I cry All. The. Time. I’m such a crybaby!
But Will is nearly four. He’s going to be going to real preschool soon. And then kindergarten. I don’t want him to be the crybaby of the class. I remember this boy skinning his knee when I was in first grade. Something like that would have certainly set me to tears, but he was brave and didn’t cry at all. I thought he was awesome and commenced to have a crush on him for the next nine years.
Do you have an emotional child? How can you teach a child other kinds of reactions to negative situations? Or should you just accept his/her sensitivity and hope they grow out of it? I feel like there can be a way to teach your child to understand their emotions and use them appropriately. But then again, maybe this is something out of our control, something we have to just be patient with. What do you think?