The Levels of Crying

This week, I decode one of the great mysteries of parent/child communications: the Levels of Crying.

Crying comes with the package when you have kids. Often they cry for reasons we just cannot fathom. It seems to be effective, mostly because it’s so dang exhausting.

But you don’t have to be a slave to the weeping any longer! Thanks to this handy guide, you’ll know when to respond to your children’s tears, and when to stick your fingers in your ears and say LA-LA-LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU.

OK, don’t literally do that. It will probably just make them cry harder, which really isn’t good for anyone unless they wear themselves out so much that they fall asleep.  That’s not so bad. It will be quieter then.

We have to laugh about crying, because the only alternative is to cry ourselves. Sometimes, when my seven-year-old is having a meltdown, I remember that as an infant he used to make this face when he cried:

The Mastermind as a three-month-old, on the right, making the Greatest Crying Face in the Entire History of Sad Infants.

Once I saw that face, I knew I was in for it for a long, long time.




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