Dealing with an older child who cries frequently can be tricky. On the one hand, you don’t want your child to think there’s anything “wrong” with them for being a sensitive sort. On the other hand, kids who come across as “weak” can be a target for bullies.
“Other kids tend to view frequent criers as immature or just not fun to be around,” wrote psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D. in Psychology Today. “Also, children who spend a lot of time crying are missing out on enjoyable experiences like learning, playing and hanging out with friends.”
At this stage, your responses should be similar to early childhood, but you can apply problem-solving skills even more. “At this age you can model how you handle similar situations that make you emotional,” says Mayer. “Tell them your methods of coping to help them through this.”