It’s Tough to Be Eight

“When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business.”
(Lenny Bruce)

 

It is easy for parents to forget what it was like to be a kid. It’s easy to forget what it’s like being small…feeling as if no part of your life is up to you and having to constantly play follow the leader.

 

Here’s a tip: the next time one of your children is battling you in a seemingly nonsensical way, (e.g. pitching a fit for no reason), try a little empathy.

 

“Wow, seems like you’re having a rough day. Is this one of those days where it’s just tough to be 8?”

 

He may not immediately respond in a way you like, but he’ll definitely get the impression you’re trying to understand. Don’t be surprised if he’s cuddly later.

 

Peace begins with a pause,

Hal

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