feelings

i have no idea how to deal with toddlers and feelings. i’ve been trying to talk to tae more about feeling sad or feeling happy. she’s responded by saying things like, “tae looks sad” when she’s crying. but, i guess it makes sense that her first association with feelings are the facial expressions that sometimes go along with feelings.

yesterday morning though, she was clinging before i left for work. she was pretending to cry.

“tae looks sad,” she says.
“why are you feeling sad?” i ask.
“because tae is crying,” she says.
“why are you crying, tae?” i ask.
“tae is crying because mommy is going to work,” she responds.

big. pit. in. stomach.

school starting monday. i think i’ll be crying because tae is going to school. sniff.

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