Episode 253

If you are raising a child with big emotions, you may have noticed that they sometimes exaggerate about how bad things are. These exaggerations can feel like dishonesty to us, and of course we don’t want our kids to get into a habit of lying for attention!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The real reason why kids with big emotions tend to make bad things seem worse than they are
  • How our kids want (and need) us to respond to their concerns
  • What Long Game Parenting strategies we can use proactively to reduce exaggerations


Mentioned in or related to this episode: 

Your Parenting Long Game Episode 201: Why Children With Big Feelings Act So “Dramatic”
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 252: LONG GAME PROBLEM PREVENTER The 4 Ps to Support a Child with Anxiety
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 206: When Your Child’s Upset Seems Completely Illogical
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 249: When We Foster Resilience at the Expense of Self-Esteem


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