Child Psychology and Behaviour

Why does my 6 year old son cry and crib on anything and everything. What to do?

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Updated on Mar 22, 2016

My 6 year old son cries on all silly things.. not sure where we went or are going wrong.. Please suggest any better ways to handle him.

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| Mar 22, 2016

Hi Mala, there could be some underlying problem that you might be missing. Hence it is advisable to sit with him and talk to him. Ask him if there is anything that is troubling him, something that has or is scaring him. I am sure he will be fine after you let him know that you are there for him and will listen to him whenever he has some problem.

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| Mar 26, 2016

Hi Mala, It can also be an attention seeking tactic. It's very natural for parents to give in to their demands to avoid nagging or child's irritable behavior. But it's also very important to let your child know that when you say no, it's a no. Be consistent on that. It may be a little hard to be firm. but you have to. When he cries for silly things, let him know that you can't understand or find a solution to his problem if he cries while talking. Help him express his frustrations or any feelings using words instead of irritable behavior. You may want to read books on emotions or talk to him about different emotions/feelings - disappointed, sad, anxious, overwhelming, impatient, happy, scared etc. give names to his emotions. You could use these words in your conversation with your child. e. g. "I understand you are disappointed. Lets try next time". He would learn to express better. Hope this helps.

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