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Elementary Aged Kids Your little ones have grown up right before your eyes! They are no longer those little babies they once were, and soon they are moving to adolescence.

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Old 09-09-2008, 10:53 AM
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My youngest child is a first-grader and he seems to cry at the drop of a hat! Sometimes it's because he doesn't get what he wants, but often it's because he cannot DO what he's trying to do (which means keeping up with kids much older than he is).

Is it normal for a child this age to "fall apart" so quickly?
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:46 AM
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Barb, how good is his verbal skills? Has this just started or has he always been like this?

Here is my opinion if he doesn't have anything serious going on in his life at school or somewhere. You know my opinion on personalities. Melancholic children tend to be so sensitive. They can even be anal retentive, so when they can't get things "just right" they will have a meltdown. They wear their feelings on their sleeves. They may try to do something, such as what the older kids are doing. If it is something they cannot do, their little anal retentive selves fall apart, so to speak.

My DGS is like that. Me being choleric (doesn't feel enough) it tends to really irritate me. I feel that he should just pick himself up and get over it, especially when it seems to me that it has nothing to do with anything. It may be as simple as not being able to get 2 blocks to go together. My DD is a melancholic mix, so I understand what you are going through. It is difficult to watch.

This one author stated that it is better to allow them to wallow in their suffering. The whole article on all the temperaments for children are located here.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:55 PM
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Melancholic children tend to be so sensitive. They can even be anal retentive, so when they can't get things "just right" they will have a meltdown. They wear their feelings on their sleeves. They may try to do something, such as what the older kids are doing. If it is something they cannot do, their little anal retentive selves fall apart, so to speak.


Thanks for the article! You know I am interested in personality as well. I would say definitely Luke is Melancholic, & maybe has some Choleric in him too. But what you say there is Luke in a nutshell.

His teacher did mention last night that first-graders cry a lot in the classroom. She's got a tissue box on each "table" of 5 desks! So I guess he is not alone. I don't know the teacher well, other than that she has 18 years' experience in first grade, but I do know the aide, who is a mom of 4 and very nurturing.

I guess he just needs to grow up some; he is only 6....Hopefully as he grows we can all help him learn to deal with frustration.
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Barb, if regular 1st graders cry a lot, can you imagine how much melancholics cry? LOL It would be good to have a team teaching situation in which the teachers are of opposite personalities. It is hard to watch a melancholic as they act as if someone blew one of their limbs off or the end of the world is near and it sounds so painful! lol
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:00 PM
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My son, who was the fourth of five children cried at the drop of a hat also. The older boys woud tease him and when he cried, they would call him "Mommy's baby". Well that boy has now grown into a wonderful man, who has a PHD and is a professor of history at our local university. He has a son who is 5 yrs. old and is extremely bright, and he is a cryer too. Just give them time, enjoy them, because believe me they are soon gone out of your house.
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I know this thread is quite old, just wondering if he has out grown it or is it the same for him?
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:38 AM
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He still tends to be a crier. DH thinks it's because he wears all his emotions on his sleeve. If he's happy, you know it. If he's sad, you know it.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:56 AM
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His age is a tough one too. He has been to school for two years, forever to him! But he is not allowed to do what his older siblings do. He is told he is a big boy then he is told he isn't old enough. That has to be hard on a kid. His brain doesn't understand the difference. I think I would cry too! I did cry a lot as a child.
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