A few weeks ago, Princess came home from school early with a headache. She was also feeling dizzy. That evening her ear started throbbing and some liquid came out of it. It still hurt the next morning so I kept her home from school and took her to the walk-in clinic. They said there was no infection and didn't see anything wrong with her.
I told her I believed her. I knew she didn't feel good. I saw the gunk come out of her ear. I could tell her head hurt. She doesn't lie about being sick to get out of school. She has a giant meltdown if school is too much for her, but doesn't fake being sick.
She was so relieved that I believed her. Stuff like that still surprises her sometimes.
We believe her. We value her. We love her. We take care of her. We keep her safe. She's important to us.
Things kids should just *know* but so many don't. She's learning, but I still see the relief in her eyes when she feels it sometimes.