Okay, I have now heard this from two different mothers of my Girl Scouts on different occasions, directed toward their daughters who are 7 and 8 respectively. In each case the girl was disappointed about one of those things that seems small to an older person but is important to a kid, and tears were forming in her eyes when the mother leaned down to just a few inches from her face and said very firmly and loudly, "Do. Not. Cry." Each girl struggled for a minute or two and managed not to cry but then had about 10 minutes of what looked to me like silent fury before she felt like joining in the activities again; meanwhile mother turned away and resumed socializing with the other parents in a slightly fake-cheerful way. I was sort of afraid to ask either mother or daughter what was going on. Both of these were at times when things were fairly unstructured--returning to our campsite for rest period, and refreshments time after an awards ceremony--so it wasn't that a crying jag would prevent the girl from being able to participate in something.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: What would be the goal of a parent who does this? Are they trying to make their kids seem more mature? Do they so dislike comforting a crying child? What??? I just don't get it.