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.
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts