How My Friends Learned to Help Their Daughter Cope with Sadness - and You Can Too!

As I walked into Bill and Judy's house, I could hear Lisa crying from her bedroom. I knew that something must have upset her. Judy was quick to tell me that Lisa had fallen and bumped her knee, and that's why she was crying.

As a parent, my first instinct would be to comfort Lisa and make her feel better. But Bill and Judy had a different approach. They believe in not comforting Lisa right away when she gets sad. I was intrigued by their parenting style and wanted to know more.

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Bill explained that they don't want Lisa to associate sadness with instant gratification. Instead, they let her feel her emotions and work through them. They would offer her support and guidance but not solve the problem for her.

It was hard to watch Lisa cry, but I saw that Bill and Judy's approach was effective. Lisa slowly stopped crying and started to calm down. Bill offered to read her a story, and Lisa's tears turned into laughter.

I realized that Bill and Judy's approach was teaching Lisa to be resilient and self-sufficient. By allowing Lisa to experience and cope with negative emotions on her own, she was developing emotional strength and independence.

As a parent, it's natural to want to protect our kids from sadness and negative emotions. But by doing so, we may unintentionally hinder their emotional growth and development. It's important to teach our kids that it's okay to feel sad and to help them learn how to manage and cope with those emotions.

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In conclusion, while it may be difficult to resist the urge to comfort our kids right away when they get sad, it's important to let them experience and work through their emotions on their own. This will help them develop emotional resilience and independence, which will serve them well throughout their lives.

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