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    A Different Type of Crier
    By Curious

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    Hello-

    I totally agree with the others, but realize that their are situations when you need to treat crying with a little tender, loving, care.

    I have a student who is an angel. Yet, last year, towards the end of the year she came to school crying uncontrollably. I have seen this once this year.

    This child was different from the crier you described. She has high anxiety and imposes upon herself high expectations that manifests in physical symptoms (in addition to crying, stomach aches, headaches, and nausea). She basically has some emotional issues that requires the help of a mental health professional.

    This case, far different from yours, was a child who just gets overly emotional when she feels stressed. She isn't a behavior problem, but does have some serious issues. I have only experienced her anxiety once (my fingers are crossed) and it was on a day that I was out sick (I came in hoping for a sub, and left within the first five minutes of class). She cried for half the day. I think she is a different child who doesn't need the "there's no room for crying in fourth grade" type attitude, but rather some reassurance, some occasional checking in, and some ignoring.

    So although overall I agree with the advice of others (aka- don't get sucked in), realize that their are times when you have to be open to understanding.



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