“You need to smile. Mommy, you need to smile. Smile at me.”
This is something I have been hearing more and more of around the house. I know it can be annoying as a woman to be told you need to smile more, but these statements from my three-year-old son are really telling to me.
I am fascinated by how much my son is noticing how other people feel! He has been recognizing his feelings for some time now. We explored feeling sad heavily back when we were in the process of moving. It was hard for Ben to be away from his daddy for so long. Plus I was super busy with getting everything ready to move and taking care of his sisters, who were only six months old. He wasn’t having a ton of focused attention, and frankly not a lot of fun times. He felt the stress of the situation and was able to verbally tell me he was sad. We spent a lot of time talking about feeling sad, and how sometimes that happens. Then we would think of ways to feel better.