My 4 year old is beginning to feel "sad" about things one probably wouldn't normally be sad about. For example, we went shopping the other night and while we were parking he noticed a cart that someone left in a space instead of pushing into the corral. He said "Mom, look at that cart. Its so lonely, that's very sad." I tried to brush it off and say someone will get it soon and he'll be back with his other cart friends but he told me he was sad because it was sad and alone. Today he told me he was sad to eat his carrots because they cry when he hurts them with his teeth.
He is doing this increasingly more often. He usually isnt sad for long and will often tell me minutes later that he is happy again and very rarely are there tears involved but I don't know what to think about this behavior. Depression runs in my family, so that has me concerned. Should I be worried?
Answer by fiatpax at 10:47 AM on Mar. 3, 2013
Most of the time kids learn behavior. Not saying he could not feel sad. But do people say they are sad around him.
He sounds to me like he has a good imagination.
When he started saying how the cart was lonely. Why didn't you tell him carts do not get lonely. They are inanimate object. that is what I would have done. In 4 year old terms of course.
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