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I really appreciate this post, but think the examples of what you might say to your kid need to be reformulated. It’s detrimental to a kid’s mental health to be told how they feel, à la, “You’re so angry that…” What about something like, “It looks like you’re angry because you’re doing XYZ” — this way, you’re owning your perception and inviting reflection. Seems like a subtle difference but it’s hard to overstate how important this is for a kid’s long-term emotional well-being.

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