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 major 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). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts