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Crying can be good for us

The ‘Other’ Reason Babies Need To Cry (and why it’s parenting’s best kept secret)

I just read this interesting article about crying. I’m curious about what other people think about it. I hesitate to take everything as scientific truth, despite some quotes from doctors, but the author raises some worthy points.

I certainly agree about the value of tears for both children and adults. What I think is so crucial are the statements about the importance of being with and supporting our children when they cry. Often it’s not about fixing something but about providing security, reassurance and meaning to those tears. Many people really struggle with this idea of “being with”. So many of us just want to fix the problem and move on. It can be hard to understand the value of being a witness to emotional pain especially if we think of these emotional displays as signs of weakness.

Especially for children who often don’t have language for their feelings, having a caring adult to help provide meaning to overwhelming feelings can be essential for healthy emotional development.

 

 

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Talking to Children about Death and Tragedy

Several tragedies have been in the news recently and I am reminded by how challenging it can be for parents when faced with the question of if and how to address the events with their children. Of course, there is no simple answer because your response will depend on your children’s age, personality and emotional maturity. I found this article on the Hospice Calgary website that has some good information. Hospice Calgary has several helpful articles on how to support children with issues related to grief and loss.

http://www.hospicecalgary.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Dec%202014%20When%20Bad%20Things%20Happen.pdf

-Adriana

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