As parents, we’ve all experienced those often confusing moments of unscrambling our children’s feelings. We’ve mistaken what could be plain fear as anger, or what could be sadness as irrational tantrums. Worse, we dismiss them as petty, usually with the phrases “That’s nothing!” or “You should get over it!”
While our children are still learning how to communicate what they feel, what they show on the outside is the closest we will get to them actually describing what’s going on inside. And knowing what exactly our kids are feeling is key to understanding one another.