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The Best Ways to React to Your Crying Toddler, According to an Expert

PopSugar Logo By Renee Jain of PopSugar | Slide 2 of 15: For many toddlers, crying is not a reflection of sadness - it's a way to process any emotion. They may cry out of anger, frustration, fear, excitement, confusion, anxiety or even happiness. The trouble is, they may also lack the verbal ability and self-awareness to explain how they're feeling. This means asking them, "What's wrong?" will rarely yield a productive response.

Your Crying Toddler Is Not Necessarily Sad

For many toddlers, crying is not a reflection of sadness - it's a way to process any emotion. They may cry out of anger, frustration, fear, excitement, confusion, anxiety, or even happiness. The trouble is, they may also lack the verbal ability and self-awareness to explain how they're feeling. This means asking them, "What's wrong?" will rarely yield a productive response.

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