My 8 year old is constantly crying over the smallest things

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 and the littlest thing sets her off into tears! I am truly at my wits end and starting to feel like a terrible mother as she is always crying and truly 90% of the time for NOTHING! Causing such stress at home with the family, my husband gets sooo uptight about!!!

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Tammy - posted on 03/05/2012

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I have the same emotional issue with my 8 year old, the only BIG difference is, i have a son, not a daughter and he's very emotional, cries easily and for trivial things at times. His teacher has spoken to me about it as well and to be honest it is kind of embarrassing, what can i do to motivate him to stop being a "cry baby" as one of his classmates describes him.

Suriyavarshini - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi,

I have the same emotional issue with my 8 year old son, the only BIG difference is cries at home alone. I am a single mother. I am with my parents, my entire family gets upset if he starts crying. How to over come this issue

Marla - posted on 01/20/2012

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My 8 year old daughter is very sensitive too. She gets her feelings hurt at the slightest thing! I think maybe it could be that they are experiencing hormonal changes to head into puberty soon. Don't feel like a terrible mom! I would just console her when it is necessary, but then give her time to herself if she needs to cool down. Talk to your hubby about not being so uptight about it.

I have talked to my mom and older moms about it. They all tell me this is normal and that I should expect more to come through pre-teen and teen years. Hang in there hun!

Bindi - posted on 02/03/2012

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My 8 year old is crying at just about anything these days too. I think it may be another phase that will pass. Part of it could be extra homework, friend issues, school challenges etc. When I stopped getting uptight about her being upset or trying so hard to cheer her up and just saying "It is ok to be upset, I understand honey." and giving her a little comforting squeeze helped. Then I get up and continue what Im doing and give her the space to calm down. Once she realizes that I am not going to sit there and plead with her to "cheer up" or "stop crying" she lets it go and cheers right up!



Do not worry, it should pass and remember we all feel like a bad mother at times. Hope the method I shared helps :)

Jill - posted on 01/31/2012

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my 7 year started to become like that. i asked her, "how old are you? you're in 2nd grade so pick yourself up and let it go...."



i've also said things like, "ah, man! I saw you bump your head, that must have hurt. give it a good rub and you'll be fine." then i'd walk away and not pay attention to her.



worked like a charm. i did notice too that she acted like that when she was tired. so i tried to get her to bed a little earlier each night and the crying fits went away. the world just never seems right when you're so tired. hang in there. this too, shall pass!

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Tiffany - posted on 02/07/2012

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My 6 year old daughter is the same way and I am constantly wanting to baby her and let her sleep in my bed when she wakes up in the middle of the night acting like this but it is causing her Dad a lot of stress and making him uptight. I am not sure what to do anymore. I ased her if she wanted to talk to her brothers CMH worker and she said yeah, however i don't think that will help right now. If anyone has any suggestions on this sitch I would be greatly appreciated to listen.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2012

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Thank you everyone! So good to know that I am not the only one - sounds corny!

Alyanna - posted on 01/29/2012

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There's hope! My DD was like that at 8 too, now at 10 she's calming down. She still cries over nothing occasionally, but she's more aware of it (she'll tell me "I'm not sad, I just feel like I need to cry") & it's much less frequent now.

Zetena - posted on 01/24/2012

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ok we are on the same page* scary***** i just posted today about the trivial things that set her off. I too tend to feel like a bad mom because she is never over 75% happy. My husband gets p.o.ed when she is rude and disrespectful to me, and or when she goes into her poor me stage. She is my most beautiful disaster!!! I may not make it to her teenage years. lol Never can I do anything just right for her. Her dad on the other hand may turn out to be her saving grace!

Kyleigh - posted on 01/21/2012

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My DSD7 almost 8 is like that! Cries about everything, not getting her way, just telling her no nicely, I think its a phase perhaps they will soon outgrow. Do you talk to her after she is done with the crying spat?

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