The four-year-old cries a great deal and may whine if her wants are not met or there’s nothing interesting to play with. By the age of five, a child cries much less, though she may cry if she’s angry, tired, or can’t have her own way.
Crying is now of shorter duration, and your child may be able to control it and hold her tears back. She is rarely moody and may be perfectly okay as soon as the crying is over. She may whine occasionally, though a lot less than she did at four years. This phase may pass, however, and give way to temper tantrums with loud angry crying and banging around. There may be a return of moodiness, whining, and expressions of resentment, but you can often get your child to laugh when she’s crying by joking with her. Your child may become astonishingly brave about real injures yet still cry at small hurts.