1. Your 5 tips to dealing with an emotional child are great! With a 20 month old and 9 month old, my best way to deal with their emotions is often to just stop what I’m doing and give them the attention they crave.
    You are an awesome Mama, and with my two only 11 months apart, I would never cast judgement on you, or any other mother, for having lots of kids close together!

  2. Great list!! I don’t feel so alone now! I agree with less electronics. I find that they make the situation worse…thank you for sharing!

  3. Such an awesome reminder! We’re always on the go and while my two year old is awesome at traveling, sometimes he just needs to cuddle because I’ve disrupted his schedule so much.

  4. Boy do you have your hands full. I feel your struggle and your perspective on dealing with it is so right. I had just one child. She was extremely ‘needy’ and it was exhausting. One thing that kept me going was remembering that I didn’t have a baby so that I could have a ‘baby.’ I had a baby so that I could have a ‘family.’ These early years are the ones we put in so that we can share our lives with the beautiful human beings that we have created. I look at my parents now, enjoying their three kids, all grown up. For many years, our children need need need and take take take, but before we know it, they will give give give, and that giving phase will last for so much longer than the taking phase.

  5. Your 5 tips are amazing! I definitely think alot of has to come from us. Our kiddos are little and do not know how to recognize their emotions. Thank you for writing this

  6. Really wonderful tips, my 2.10year son is way lot emotional for his age & I was always wanting to somehow try cope up with his emotions.. I have worked some of the things you’ve stated!

    • staycalmmomma

      I know all too well Jhilmil! It can be so stressful. But putting these tips up and working has helped lots.

  7. Shawna

    Great post! I deal with emotional children as well. Mine come from the foster care system. Lots of trauma as well as recurring life issues. I did everything I could to bring all the anxiety out of their lives after we adopted. It has been better, but some days are still hard. Your post was great, I really enjoyed it as I understand all too well:)

    • staycalmmomma

      I love what moms like you do Shawna! If I didn’t have so many kiddos I would would do something like that.

  8. It’s so great you are taking the time to figure out how you can better change your response. So many parents try to change their children’s behavior. My husband would remind me how old they are as babies when I would get frustrated and overtired. It really helps you find perspective and have a little more empathy.

  9. Prachi Pendurkar

    Oh timely read this was, my 2.5 yr old is very emotonal and I get overwhelmed at times. As you rightly said, I need to change my perspective!

  10. These are really great tips! My son can really benefit from these things as he’s always been more temperamental/emotional. Will try these for my second baby too hopefully!

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