I know we often think we need to help children use their words instead of crying but I love the following alternatives to Stop Crying:
1. It’s okay to be sad.
2. This is really hard for you.
3. I’m here for you.
4. Tell me about it.
5. I hear you.
6. That was really scary, sad, etc.
7. I will help you.
8. I’m listening.
9. I hear that you need space. I want to be here for you. I’ll stay close so you can find me when you’re ready.
10. It doesn’t feel fair.