My 5 year old son is extremely emotional. He cries about almost everything. I usually just ignore it if I think he's trying to get attention, but now he's started it up at school too. Is this normal? What should I do?

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Sam - posted on 03/03/2009

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My child used to cry a lot at five. We sat down and talked about how his crying affected other people round it. He then found a way of dealing with things.

He still cries about the big things, like pain but not the little things like someone being mean to him: he now has the ability to understand what warrants crying.

Your son will too. He's a great kid, help him understand how he affects the world and he'll figure out the rest. It took my son about a year to figure it out...

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Melissa - posted on 03/05/2009

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Is there a lot going on at home? I know that my daughter (who is also 5) started getting upset at school this past quarter. When we started to talk about it, we realized that she has had to deal with a lot lately (the death of her great grandfather, me going to school full-time and working, her being sick, etc.). It is sometimes overwhelming for them and it is difficult for them to understand and control those emotions. Good Luck! It will get better! =-)

Sara - posted on 03/03/2009

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He is five he can tell you a little of how he is feeling. Maybe ask him what is going on. Try making one night a week special for him. Pick one night and have what he wants for supper. On that night try to spend as much quality time with him as possible. Do the things he enjoys.

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