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  • This is also the same approach practiced by Lany Dizon Sarmiento, a 36-year old mother to two girls (Jan Pauline, 10 and Micah, 5). “When my daughters throw tantrums while we are in a shopping mall or other public places, what I usually do is to take them aside in one corner ‘til they settle and will try to explain that they cannot easily get what they want by crying.”

    As much as we wish to be firm and teach our kids a lesson, saying “NO” is definitely not an easy task at times.  

    “As a mom, my heart bleeds when I see them (my children) crying and as always my heart goes out to them.  But I need to let them know the value of each thing that they want and why they cannot have all the things they demand,” says Remy Bardies Jimenez, 36-year old medical Technologist and mother of two (Romano Nikolai, 4, and Ryanna Ellisha, 2)

    Tough as it may seem, here are practical ways we can do to better handle our children’s unnecessary crying.  

    1. Be in control of your emotions.
    Remain calm when your child starts crying. It is important that we remain in control of our emotions, because once we get upset, there is a tendency to lose control of the situation. When this happens, we would usually find ourselves giving in to our child’s demands.

    2. Teach your child to use words to express what they want.
    Explain to your child that you cannot understand what he is trying to say when he cries. Teach him how to ask properly by saying, “Mommy, please help me find my toy car” instead of him crying  Another way could be to ask “what do you want?” or “what do you need?” this way, we are also encouraging our child to express himself in words. Try not to give in until your child learns to mimic what you want him to say or express himself without crying.  

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