A Moment of Meeting
My six month old granddaughter had a sleepover at my house. She woke up crying in the middle of the night. I rushed to her crib, told her I was there, picked her up, and sat down in the rocking chair. I held her and breathed with her. She continued to cry and release continuous sobs. I sang her lullabies, stroked her head and talked to her openly about feeling scared waking up in a strange bed. I told her that she was now safe. She put her head on my shoulder and we made a full connection with each other. This was an opportunity for a moment of meeting — a memory that I will always treasure.
Parents regularly experience situations like this. Simply being present with full attention, orienting the child to the situation, naming the emotion (she was scared), and providing touch can soothe an upset baby or child and create a mutually-rewarding emotional bond.
What experiences like this have you had?
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