Here are seven good ideas you can use to lift your child out of their sad state:
 
  1. If your child is in a crying rut, use praise to take their mind off crying. Any minor thing they are doing correctly at the time can be used for praise.
  2. If possible, let your child play outside for a few minutes. Being able to run around and work off energy can make them feel happier when they come back inside.
  3. Use a metaphoric routine to 'get rid of the bad emotions'. Gently play with them and put them through an imaginary wash and spin cycle to cleanse away their sadness.
  4. Simply take the time to listen to your child's reasons for being sad. Very often parents are concerned about rushing to solve a problem that they perceive instead of letting their child tell them what it is at their own pace.
  5. Encourage your child to seek and find joy in being socially active. Being around friends and family is a good way for a child to lift themselves out of an emotional trough.
  6. If your child is fairly young, you can pretend to turn them into their favourite dish, like pizza or fish and chips. By making a fun physical game out of it, your child will feel happier. The pleasant, comforting association with food also helps.
  7. If you are driving and your child is upset or sad, you can roll down the windows to 'let out all the bad feelings'. This is a great way for your child to experience emotional release while confined to their car seat.

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