Is it important to let your kids observe how you fix the problem after you cry?
Whether you are a total sucker for cheesy romantic comedies or have just experienced personal loss, deciding if you should let your kids see you cry can be a tricky decision. On one hand, it's healthy to share emotions with your kids, but how young is too young to clue your children into the fact that the family is going to experience a heavy loss and their grandfather will likely lose his battle with cancer? While these questions can be tough, they're important to answer.
Thankfully, we did the heavy lifting for you by asking Mary Fristad, PhD, a psychiatry and psychology professor with the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, to weigh in. And good news: it's actually not so bad for your kids to see you cry, after all. Scroll through to see the pros, cons, and ways to talk to your kids based on their age if they see you begin to tear up.