OK, I’ll bite. “Why are you acting like this?” I asked him. “You were in a great mood on the way home from school!”
“You don’t care about my hurts anymore, Mommy!” He told me. And then he showed me his hang nail. “I said, ‘OW!’ and you didn’t even kiss my boo boo!” Ahhhhh....The tender, loving kindness of the boo boo kiss. There is no better medicine in the world!
It’s a simple kindness. Acknowledge the source of the pain of others. Help them to acknowledge it as well. Associate the source of the pain with love and attention. I assure you this will help to ease the pain. Of course, the greater the pain is, the greater the need for love and attention may be. But a simple boo boo kiss is a nice way to start.
Top: Heller, bravely showing his Mapa and me his bike mishap boo boo.
Above: Nicholas (Age 2) kissing his baby doll's boo boo and feeling very sad about the baby's pain.