Disclaimer: Since my sister balled me out, I need to say that I am not saying "Boys don't cry". I am saying KIDS in general crying over insignificant garbage is unacceptable.
My words have come back to haunt me. Dry it Up. I say this to my son when he cries for no reason. Unless he is physically hurt, tears are not necessary. I am mean, I know this. My son will not be a sissy, and being that I gave birth to him, that decision is my choice. My daughter had the same set of rules, but I never used the phrase "Dry it Up" with her. He has a certain amount of time to dry it up, or he goes in to exile until he can get it together. It works quite well. "Dry it up Alex or your going in your bed." Miraculously, the tears stop. The downfall to this is that due to 2 year olds taking everything you say, and soaking it up like a sponge, and eventually using it on their own, my sweet little anticts that I used to use on my son no longer work. If I asked him for a kiss in the past and he said "no", I would throw out some fake tears, and he would say..."No cry Mommy..I kiss you". Well...now it goes a little something like this:
Me: Can I have a Kiss Alex?
Me:(fake cry with my hands over my eyes)
Alex: (In a stern voice) DRY IT UP MOMMY. THERE'S NO REASON TO CRY.
I am reaping what I sow....will I ever learn?