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?