Are We There Yet?

When Feelings Hurt

My youngest son had a half-day today. When he climbed into the car he started crying quietly. "I had a bad day," he said.

"What happened? Did you get in trouble?"

"No," he sniffed, and cried harder.

"Did someone hurt your feelings?"

"Yes!" he sobbed. "I don't wanna talk about it!"

We were quiet for a bit. "Would a Happy Meal help you feel better?"

"Yeah, I think so," he said.

As we pulled out of the drive-thru I asked him if he wanted to talk about what happened, or if he was getting over it. "I'm getting over it," he replied.

When we got home he gave me a big hug and kiss. "Thanks, Mom."

How do you handle it when your kids get their feelings hurt?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.





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