Your Child is Crying About Everything. Now What?

Your Child is Crying About Everything. Now What?

We expect our babies to cry, but when our toddlers or older children learn how to talk, we assume those days are over.

Not so, dear parent.

In fact, while it feels completely unreasonable and frustrating to you, your child might be crying for a variety of reasons that are completely valid for someone so young.

In this episode, I read a letter from a mama whose 3 year old seems to cry all the time! The morning routine is especially stressful.

She’s tried everything she can think of to get him to stop crying, but he continues to be upset over every little thing and now…she’s worried. Is this normal behavior? Should she consult a pediatrician?

Dive in as I offer some real-deal gentle, compassionate parenting strategies that help children with those big emotions, especially when they are sensitive little beings by nature.

The Montessori Magic for today is a debate: real dough vs. playdough! Which one will win?

Come join me as we find the calm and help our children learn and grow.


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Gentle Parenting Tips for Crying Children

  • Be careful — some of the advice online is potentially harmful to children. Crying children deserve to be heard and understood and comforted — not humiliated, isolated, or punished.

  • Crying, whining, and tantrums (big ones) are very common for age 3! Crying is a valid way to express emotions at this age.

  • Your little one still doesn't have the communication skills yet to express his true feelings. But crying shows you that he is frustrated, angry, or scared.

  • My friend Lane Rebelo from Tiny Signs just published her latest book, The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language. Check it out if you’re interested in teaching your children some non-verbal skills.

  • Yelling doesn't work. We cannot force cooperation. Cooperation must be freely given.

  • Some children are also more sensitive to transitions and sensory experiences than other children.

  • You’ll find information about stress-induced meltdowns in Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage on page 98.

  • If your instinct is to take him to your pediatrician for consult because your child is inconsolable, I don't ever think that's a bad idea at all! Ideally, we work with our medical professionals to make sure our children are on track developmentally.

How to Have a Smoother Morning Routine

  • Offer choices to empower your child.

  • Simplify those choices.

  • Lean in to the caretaking (sometimes children don’t prefer independence).

  • Restructure YOUR morning routine to accomodate your child’s.

  • Observe your child to see what needs tweaking.

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Aubrey Hargis