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Sharing your negative emotions with your kids is better than hiding them

Children learn to handle their own feelings by observing how others deal with theirs.
upset father and comforting daughter

Sharing is good.

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From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear of spiders or how angry you are with your boss? While the topic is complex, some clear answers are beginning to emerge from the research.

Many parents worry that showing negative emotions in front of their children will cause them to suffer. For instance, children may end up thinking of going to the dentist, for example, to their children.

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