It's horrible seeing your baby or child upset, especially when they've hurt themselves. So you can think you're doing the right thing by distracting them from the pain or the upset:
"It's only a scratch / small bump"
"Brush it off"
"You're such a brave boy/girl"
"Do you want a chocolate to cheer you up?"
It's completely understandable that you do - of course you don't want your them to be upset. But when you distract your baby or child when they're upset, you're interrupting something very important that will impact their anxiety and confident levels. Listen in to find out.
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