When babies are newborn, they cry a lot—countless times a day. As they gain understanding and communication skills, they tend to cry less often. They grow further and learn a little about perspective and perseverance (and patience) and a happy couple can go increasing spans of time without any tears. It is pretty exciting to watch a little one gain maturity; and the fewer spells make for a more peaceful home!
Following this path, one might think that my kids’ grandpa’s assertion that “Big Kids Don’t Cry” is true. But then again, maybe all the sex-related stereotypes have some grounding in truth. My tough little girl, who got shots and even her ears pierced without flinching is currently crying about once a day—for what often seems like no reason at all. Even she is perplexed as she cries, ‘I DON’T KNOW!” to questions regarding the cause of the sudden emotional cloudbursts.
The sad thing is that I can hardly help her seeing as how, depending on what time of the month is it, I am characterized by the exact same behavior! In fact, there are days where I aspire to crying just once.