There are so many nifty little tricks that we learn throughout our time as parents. Early on in our kid’s life, we realize just how malleable and susceptible they are to our opinions—even when it comes to things we’d never expect. For instance, when your child gets hurt, you have more influence than you think over how they feel about it. Here’s what we mean by that.
Your Reaction Means a Lot
Imagine that your beloved child is less than a year old, and they’re still learning how to stand and walk. All of a sudden, they take a tumble onto the floor. You react hysterically, fearful that they’re badly injured. You soon notice that they, too, are crying hysterically. However, you see that they don’t have any bruises, and they look okay.
Now imagine the same scenario, but this time, you don’t react in such a dramatic manner. This time, when you walk over, you don’t overreact, and you might find that your child mimics your calm and relaxed demeanor.
Sure, there are times when a child is seriously hurt, and in those cases, there’s not much your kid can do to avoid the pain. But our reaction can be crucial in how it teaches our children how to deal with pain. When we react to them getting hurt in a relaxed manner, it shows them strength and stability and teaches them that they’re going to be fine.
Don’t be so quick to assume your child is going to cry if they fall. You’d be shocked at how capable they are of handling it!