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#1 of 10 Old 05-07-2011, 01:38 PM - Thread Starter
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Frequently? Occasionally? And what brings them to tears?


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At 6, my DD didn't cry at all most days.  I don't think it was any more often than once a week, maybe a lot less than that.  Probably the thing most likely to make her cry was feeling she had done something wrong or that someone was angry at her.  Or getting hurt.


My 5 1/2 year old DS gets upset and yells several times on a typical day, but that doesn't turn into real crying most of the time.  He might cry several times a week.  Typical causes: being briefly unable to find me in a public place, frustration over not being able to have or do something he wants, getting hurt.

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well he's pretty explosive and intense so he throws fits but not usually crying.  i woud say at least 4 times a day  he's usually a lot better when his big brother isn't around

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Minor cry (no real tears, just upset over minor incidents like someone opening the door first or a minor fall...) = about two times a day. 

Major cry (tears, actually hurt or very sad/angry) = about once or twice a month,

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Mine are 5.5


Real tears- red faced cry from emotional pain/upset    (this is  excluding physical pain (hurt) which is each one probably every other day)



DD1-  every three days or so


DD2- once a week or so



Minor upset and sad faces with some wailing/gnashing of teeth due to perceived injustices or minor bumps/bruises- daily (2-3 x) but no real tears here nor does it last more than a few moments.


DD1 goes thorough phases-- sometimes we will have a 'day' where she will get emotionally stressed with lots of tears several times about once a month or so. Usually when she is sick, tired, or stressed.

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Most days, none. Probably once every 3-4 days I'd say. But she makes plenty of pouty faces and sad faces daily for everything she feels wronged about--her brother got to choose what's for lunch, she didn't win at a game, whatever. 3 yo DS probably cries once-twice a day from either bonking his head or unhappiness.

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A few times a day.  Either fell off his bike onto the road or his brother hit him or something!

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One or two times a day. She's 6 1/2, turning 7 in a few weeks, and this is down from the 2-4 times a day we had 6 months or so ago.


Today: We ran out of what she wanted for lunch (upset #1). I'm expecting upset #2 to come any time now. She had a light lunch and so I'm thinking that as soon as hunger hits, we're in for another storm.


She's very difficult to get out of bed in the morning so we often have tears getting her out of bed. We often have tears around mealtimes and/or chore times. We're working hard on whining (or more accurately, not whining as she's got the whining down quite nicelywinky.gif), but every once in a while, it gets on my nerves and I yell. And then tears ensue. She's a pretty emotional/dramatic kid.

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Couple times a day. 

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Plenty of pouting and whining (a distinctly *six* phenomenon), but she only really cries maybe a couple times a week tops, usually when she's overtired and feeling easily frustrated or emotionally fragile. So when it happens, it's usually late afternoon or early evening when she's just hit her wall and needs some cuddles and a quick bedtime.

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