• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

5 Things to Say Instead of "STOP CRYING"


I know in the moment it is difficult to be thoughtful with your words.



1. You are frustrated.

2. They are crying.

3. You just want the crying to stop.


Here are a few ideas of what to say instead of “stop crying”:

1️. I’m listening

2. I see that you are sad

3. This is hard for you, let’s talk about it

4️. Let’s work this out together

5️. It’s OK to cry


These short phrases are just as easy to say and make your child feel heard. It also helps promote emotional self-regulation for your young one.


What are some other phrases that have worked for you and your kids?

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