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All our emotions are necessary. Each and every one of them. There are no better than others. There are no good and bad. We need them all, because each one of them fulfills its function. Sadness is one of them.
Children also experience sadness. At first, the most normal thing is that they do not know how to handle it. But you can help them understand what happens to them. To do this, you can use the Pixar movie Inside Out.
The movie of Inside out tells us the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl. He does it from the inside of his mind where his basic emotions coexist; captained by Alegría who has the rest of emotions under her command. But in the course of the story they discover that they all have a leading role in the girl's life, that they have to work as a team to make everything work, and that this time it's up to Tristeza to take command to help Riley.
Sadness is an emotion that we have all experienced. We are all sad sometimes. Because when something makes us feel sad, there is no use repressing or putting that feeling away, the only way to overcome it is to feel it, understand it and accept it.
When we feel sad our metabolism slows down, we are tired and melancholic, daily activities put a lot of effort on us. We do not feel like anything because we are unmotivated. There may be moments of anxiety, anguish and crying. The same thing happens to children.
1. Help the child to overcome the situation that is hurting him, dealing with it.
2. It pushes them to stop and reflect. It leads them to ask questions, to look for what is not working, to bring about the change they need.
3. It allows them to absorb the loss or failure that sadness causes them.
4. Invites them to ask for help and communicate with others.
5. It fulfills a social function. Through empathy, he encourages helpful behavior in others, to give support and comfort to those who are sad.
So it is positive to allow children to be sad, express what they feel and let them cry. So as not to frustrate them. So that they learn from what they have experienced. So that they face it and know how to handle their emotions. So that they know themselves better. So that they connect with others when they see them sad. Because they will be sad many times and it is best that they learn to manage their sadness and do not try to hide it or avoid it for fear of reprimand.
Tears also have a reason. When we cry we release tension and anxiety, after crying we feel relief, we feel better and we see things differently, without so much emotional burden. This allows us to move forward, to move forward. Crying is neither good nor bad, it is a physical response to a feeling, and like everything in the emotional world it has a meaning and a reason for being, so why don't we let children cry when they need it?
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