Do you comfort a frightened child or frighten a comforted child?

To comfort a frightened child, you soothe them with gentle touch and voice.
To frighten a comforted child, you lank the thumb out of their mouths.

A bit of both? Sometimes kids have to go through frightening experiences in a safe environment.

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Or put them in 4H public speaking.

BTW, yanking a thumb out of a kid’s mouth is physical abuse.

Physically abusing kids is evil.