“That was hard” is a judgement-free way to acknowledge that your child’s struggles are real, powerful, and valid. It shows that you have empathy for how they are feeling and strengthens your trust and connection.
At some point, all children will have a tantrum or meltdown. As adults, we often struggle to understand how we can help our children navigate these emotional firestorms. Sometimes, we can prevent them by being proactive and making sure that we watch for hunger and sleep cues, or the need for outside play. But tantrums will still happen. So what can we do? How do we help our children come through these emotions and out the other side?