Hold them when they cry. They’re not manipulating you. They need you to show them their needs are important.
Feed them when they ask. They’re not greedy. Diet culture hasn’t taught them to override their body’s signals yet.
Meet them with love and guidance, not anger. They’re not naughty. Their brains haven’t developed fully yet.
Go to them in the night. They’re not wrapping you around their little finger. They need you so they can feel safe.
You are the world to them, and they learn that they are good, valid, and safe from your responses.
Ignoring their cries for support teaches them that they are not important, they don’t know their own bodies, they should be ashamed of their feelings, and that no one is coming to help them.