He must be young. I have 20 years of parenting experience. I’ve learned to first assess for damage and then pull out the emergency Ben& Jerry’s from the freezer to settle them down.

You also learn as a parent to soften the blow. After my son injured himself in the concrete bowl at the skate park we built him a half pipe ramp in the back yard. At least now if he falls it will be on squishy material.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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