I have a 3 1/2 year old son and a baby coming any day. My son is pretty sensitive, and sometimes when I discipline him he cries. Example. We were trying to leave a friends today after a great play date. He didn't want to leave (over tired, over hungry, which I didn't do a good job of avoiding) and he tried to kick me. I removed him from the situation and calmly told him that "Your upset. You don't want to leave, but kicking is not ok". He started crying super hard. He told me he was sad and that I hurt his feelings.
What do you do? How do I respond. I think his emotional "IQ" is high and he's able to tap into this and express himself well for a 3 1/2 year old. But sometimes I wonder if he's just playing me? I want to be respectful that he doesn't like it when I'm disapointed, but when he acts poorly I have to convey disapointment right?
He normally is a super great kiddo and listens really well. His sensitivity encourages him to comply, but theres always times. :)
I'd like to be able to help him more with his emotions and disapointment especially with new babe on the way. I know there will be lots of moments of his feelings being hurt, and i want to be able to respond compassionately.