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Listening well when your child is upset

The volcano has exploded. The floodgates¬†are wide open. Your child is experiencing – and expressing – some BIG emotions. Your first instinct is to try to silence it: “Settle down. Calm down. You’re fine.” When that backfires, your own brain shifts into panic mode. Adrenaline pumps through your veins preparing your body to¬†fight this (assumed) threat, or get away from it as quickly as possible.