The other day, I was feeling sad. My 3-year-old son noticed and asked what was going on. I said that I felt sad. He looked at me and then said, “Since you are feeling sad, I will sit with you.” And he did. He said next to me and quietly played with his toys, setting some within my reach. What a perfect thing to say. What a perfect thing to do.
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Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts