“Don’t let your daughter see you cry,” I’ve heard on a couple occasions (during the loss of a family member and who knows why else). The point is that I don’t understand the big deal about letting my child see me cry. I’m not a robot. There is this assumption that crying makes you less of a person, that it makes you appear to be weak and incapable. I completely disagree.
Growing up I saw my Mother cry and to this day she is one of the strongest most capable people I know. She taught me compassion and I admire her ability to move on and make things work.
I do not believe that crying in front of my child lessons my ability as a parent or an authoritative figure. But it gives me an opportunity to give my daughter a lesson about compassion and an emotion she too will face in life.
Do you ever let your kids see you cry?