Did you know that empathy is contagious?
Any empathy you offer your child directly affects your own brain chemistry as well as the brain chemistry of anyone in the vicinity.
So when your kid freaks out at the grocery store and you start to panic and everyone around you seems to be suffering as well, remember the CONTAGION EFFECT. As soon as you offer empathy your child will start to feel better (and quiet down) AND you will start to feel better (and calm down) AND those onlookers will feel better (even smile!).
When this happens it feels like magic, but it's actually chemistry. Humans are amazing.
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