With dd1 the kiss it method backfired at 3 so after that I stopped responding really. I look at her and wait for her to tell me what she needs or sometimes ask if she's ok if she seems actually hurt. If you ask if she's alright right off the bat with any concern in your voice she starts crying/screaming so it has been a fine line for years. She is very dramatic but luckily starting to finally outgrow it some.
With dd2-who only crys when she really is hurt- I go to imediately and ask whats wrong. Ask if she wants me to kiss it and then we may cuddle if she wants too.
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