Expressing Emotions

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W walks up to me and says, “I don’t want to play with C anymore. She hurt my feelings and I don’t like when she does that.”
Me: “I hear you saying C hurt your feelings and you’re choosing to get some space from her.”
W: “I think I want to go talk to her.”
Me: “You want to talk to C.”
*We walk over to C, I go with W but stay back a bit so they can talk.
W: “I don’t like that you said I don’t have any power because I do and that hurt my feelings.”
C: “Well not everyone can have power.”
W: “But they can in that game we were playing, you said so. And then you said I don’t have any power and that hurt my feelings.”
C: “Well you did something that embarrassed me when we were playing that I didn’t like and I didn’t know what to do so that’s why I said that.”
W: *Pauses* But I didn’t know I did something that embarrassed you.”
C: “I didn’t tell you because I didn’t know what to do so I said you didn’t have powers because I was frustrated with you and didn’t know what else to do.”
W: “Well you can’t just do that you have to tell me if I do something you don’t like so we don’t fight and I don’t get upset and we can still be best friends.”
C: “Well next time I’ll tell you.”
W: “Good because I want to still be best friends with you but now we have to get space from each other because my feelings are still hurt.”
C: “But we can play again after like, a few minutes or so?”
W: “Okay then we can be best friends again.”
C: “Okay but now let’s get some space.”
W: “Okay.”

Both W and C walk away and play apart for a bit, but soon after join in play together again.

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